Frequently Asked Question

What is a Khao Manee?

Because of its distinctive jewel-like eyes, which can be blue, green, gold, or “odd” (two eyes of different hues), the pure white Khao Manee (pronounced “cow man-ee”) is also known as the diamond eye cat. The Khao Manee, whose name translates to “white gem,” was created naturally in Thailand many hundreds of years ago.

Is the Snow White Khao Manee Munckin rare?

Yes! The Snow White Khoa Manee Munchkin is an extremely rare breed of kittens. It not only combines the already rare Snow White Munchkin breed in combination with the Rare Kitten of Pure Thai Origin not often seen in the states. So to answer your question, the Khao Snow White Manee Munckin is Very Rare.

Grooming a Khao Manee

The Khao Manee cat’s smooth, short coat sheds only moderately and is easy to care for. Brush once or twice a week to remove loose hair and to keep the coat glossy and soft. A bath every few months also keeps the coat feeling, looking, and smelling nice. To keep the coat sparkling white, try using a brightening shampoo made especially for white cats

Where to Adopt or Buy a Khao Manee?

The Khao Manee cat is extremely rare, so it may be hard to find a Khao Manee breeder in the US. Because of its rarity and beauty, this breed is one of the most expensive in the world, with prices averaging around $11,000.

Are Munchkins smaller than other cats or do they just have short legs?

Answer: Munchkins do tend to appear smaller than other cats and they do seem to actually be smaller, although there is a wide range of size. In our experience, male Munchkins (6 to 8-1/2#) tend to be a bit larger than female Munchkins (4 to 8#).

Are Munchkins at a disadvantage because of their short legs?

Answer: So far as has been determined, Munchkins are healthy cats without any unusual problems. Despite the short legs, Munchkins run extremely fast, bounding like ferrets at full speed. They are able to climb trees and curtains as well as any other cat. However, some do not jump as high (while some seem to) because the shorter back legs do not give the same degree of leverage. Although Munchkins can jump easily up on a bed, chair, dresser, windowsill, the kitchen counter top is not always attainable. Whether this is a significant disadvantage depends on one’s individual point of view.

What is the Munchkin personality like?

Answer: Again, because the Munchkin’s background is the general cat population, the Munchkin tends to be a pretty regular cat. Although the Munchkin is amusing to watch and the body resembles a ferret more than a cat, the personality is all cat and then some. For some reason, they tend to be very affectionate and people-oriented, seemingly more so than the average non-Munchkin. They readily accept a harness and leash and seem to enjoy taking their owners for walks. The Munchkin is a very sociable creature and enjoys company. Friendly and self-assured, the Munchkin gets along well with other cats, dogs, and people. Despite the short legs, the Munchkin is definitely not shortchanged in either personality or intelligence.

Why aren't Munchkins being shown for championship?

Answer: From the standpoint of the cat fancy, Munchkins are still very new. As a breed, the Munchkin was first introduced to the public on national network television in conjunction with the Madison Square Garden INCATS TICA show in 1991. Except for UFO, they have not yet been recognized for championship competition. However, there is a growing interest in these unusual cats, and it is felt that acceptance will come with time once genetics and effects of the short-legged trait are better understood. Developing a new variety of cat to the point of championship competition is a lengthy process, and the Munchkin as a breed is only just beginning.

Munchkins seem to be very rare - are they expensive?

Answer: At present the supply of Munchkins is still very limited and there is often a waiting list for kittens. People are actively working to develop the breed, and Munchkins will be available. Prices for pets and breeders are comparable to the more common established cat breeds, and the price of a given cat should be based on its quality rather than the fact that Munchkins are still very rare and the demand far exceeds the present supply.