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Colleen's Journal


On Monday 16th August 1999 what are probably the first Khao Manee cats to set foot outside Siam began their historic journey to the United States. They arrived at Los Angeles airport on Tuesday 17th at 11 am. Here is the journal of Colleen Freymuth, the Arizona based breeder who imported them.
Khao Manee & kitten
Khao Manee & Kitten

8/18/99 Arizona Well, we certainly have a fierce mom here ~ she can see thru the screen to the 'yard' cat, I would dare any cat to come within 20 feet of her babies!  She really means business.  The babies follow suit, hair up on the back all the way down the tail, mouth open in a growl, but no noise, just the fierce look.......quite cute, mom is dead serious and the little ones are trying very hard to be intimidating. They are all eating and drinking very well, their individual personalities are yet to emerge, too busy getting used to here and all the different noises.  Sripia really perked up when one of my hens was clucking like mad that she had laid an egg, she was craning to see what/where this was coming from!  She could not see from her vantage point, but was she ever interested. I have a very busy household, rescue cats in the large walk in kennels outside, she can hear them 'talking' to me when I go and visit them, my Rott, which I have yet to let Sripia see, I do not want her to go into a panic, so I keep the Rott in the back in my house, which makes her happy anyway...she feels important.  My entire family has come to see the new family, and everyone is as excited as I am!  All of us being animal lovers, and animal activists, there is an unusual interest in all newcomers, and they cannot believe the clarity of Sripia's eyes, and agree w/ me, they have never seen the eye colour of the kit's,  I do not know what colour to even call it.    


Arizona 8/21/99 Well, Sripia and babies went outside today for the first time, first time to stay out a while.  What a sight to watch!  When Sripia saw the chickens, she went into stalking mode, when the babies saw them, they went into Halloween mode.  A Ridgeback has nothing over these troops, let me tell you, and we should be so lucky to find an actual bottle brush that would compare to their tails.  They ran and played until they dropped.   Sripia is very loving, always wrapping around your legs, and loves to be held.  The babies as well are quite willing to be cuddled, just like a typical child however, enough is enough, we have things to discover!  They are all a delight in every respect, and as the personalities emerge it is interesting to watch the leader, follower, cautious, and mom's baby.    Sripia has sneezed quite a bit today, I am sure it is the difference in our dry air, even tho when outside, there are misters everywhere, as well as fans, so there is always moisture.  She does not appear to have a cold at all, but will watch her carefully.  The kids are not sneezing at all.  They are eating normal, and play in the water.  Being in Arizona, I am water paranoid, there is water everywhere, even in the house in case the power should go out, there is always water available. All cats have access to three huge bowls of water, 2 quarts each, so if they want to play, as yesterday, there are always reserve supplies. I have bowls of water, (actually, they are all stainless steel bowls for sterilization purposes), all over the yard as well, for birds or any other creature that may need water, such as lizards and the like.  Don't panic, the lizards, etc., cannot get into the kennel area, they wouldn't anyway because of being eaten. It is 8 p.m. here, and mom and the babies are laying all over cat walks, once again, sleeping. So all is quiet on the home front at the moment.  I am almost mesmerized by these cats, I still watch them so long, I am sure they are wondering what my problem is!  At the risk of being repetitious, delighted with the brood does not begin to express my joy.      

8/26/99 Arizona Well, now the troops have settled in, by this I mean the babies, Sripia adjusted almost immediately, but the 'wild ones', after literally investigating every nook and cranny, I think are satisfied that there is nothing in the house that needs 'tending' to! From the highest to the lowest point, I truly feel that every inch has been covered.  One day I came in from outside, and one   was on the valance over the window by the desk!  I looked and looked to no avail, then I heard something, looked up, and here was this dear little face looking down at me! Oh, to have a portion of the energy these four have expended.  They are calmer now, still have a race track in here, but nothing compared to earlier in their quest to find something to find, anything/everything to pick up and run with, or to stop and 'smell the roses' I finally moved my plants into another room and keep it closed. Mom just watches them, sometimes she almost has a look of please kids, take a nap.  She is still an excellent mother, I have to say, the most doting mom for having babies this old, her patience is amazing. If they bother her too much, she just moves and goes elsewhere.  I have a cat door in my bedroom, she will use that, go on my bed, and I close it so she can get some peace.  She seems to enjoy her time alone. When she wants to come out, I hear a knocking at the cat door, and the dear little children run to her as tho she had been gone for days, "mom," "mom," and she washes each and every one of them with such care. As Nick mentioned, she has the most elegant walk, one foot in front of the other, just like a model.  I have never had a cat that was truly such a 'Lady.'  She epitomizes royalty, and I really do not think there is a mean bone in her body.  She shows her fierceness regarding her babies, but that is an admirable quality, aside from that aspect, she is a dream, a dream come true.  You can cradle her in your arms as you would a baby, she looks up at you with those exquisite eyes, bends her head back so you can caress her throat, and is as limp as a rag, no fear at all, and I have yet to see her claws come out, or show any fear at all, I attribute this very much to the care they got while w/ Nick.  The babies length of time for cradling is getting longer w/ each day, they do not find the urgency to investigate, nothing left to  'seek and destroy', so they also lay on their back, like mom, and will actually fall asleep. I took photo after photo, and I must admit here, a photographer I am not, however, if there was ever a market for caboose shots, I would be in much demand~~~I could have memorialized each and every one's back side, with the exception of Sripia, who cooperates, but the caboose is not what I want memorialized, so will keep trying as promised.  It is still so bloody hot here, we are at least 10 degrees above normal, so they can only go outside for the wild time, and I mean wild, in the very early a.m., or night time, w/ the lights on.  Not a good setting for photos, they are not still enough at any one time to get a photo of any kind, by the time you push the button, they are out of frame. But, hang in there folks, I will get some, and may end up sending some of my poorer shots, (not 100% caboose tho) just so you can get a feeling for what they all look like.

9/9/99 Arizona Took Sripia and kids to the vet, 2 kittens were sneezing, but no problems, they are getting acclimated to the Az. drier air and plants etc.  My vet wanted to see them anyway, so I took the whole group in. They were a real hit, and I call it the 'hit parade' - -everyone had to come and see them, the entire staff, all the way down the line. I cannot believe the calm personality of these cats, not a claw or bite in sight.  Even with the temp. taking, no upsets.  They all had their check ups, and Sripia would talk to them all, but no ill behaviour out of the bunch!  The babies eyes are so small, and still dark, with the normal light you cannot see that they also have the starburst, but w/ the vet light, very easy to see.  In fact, one of the associate vets drew a picture on the board. Everyone had to dome and see!!! They were totally inundated with visitors that day, and not one became upset, which not only impressed me, but the staff.  When we got home, Sripia cleaned them all thoroughly  - and I mean thoroughly, from head to toe! The Br/w one, that is more timid than the rest, also is very independent.  You will find her laying by herself, or investigating alone, and obviously has a mind of her own.  When she has a mission, she is single minded, not obnoxious, just wants to complete her venture.  The all white one is the largest, and he is a going the rest a run for their money.  When it is nap time, if he is not 'ready,' he gives no peace, not even to mom, and she never gets upset.  The Bl/w one w/ the bl nose, is the next most rambunctious, between the two of them, they can make a race track seem boring. Wrestle and play until they drop.  The other bl/w one is kind of in the middle, not as wild, not as independent as the br/w one, and partakes in activities but not until exhaustion sets in.  They all have discovered 'mom's hiding place in my room, they are so smart, they try and reach the door knob and get in........they work on the kitty door, but learned that does not get it, so now they have started on the door knob, you will hear this kind of pounding, and you go look and see, and they are all jumping up to the knob, and of course hitting the door.  Sripia does not ask to come out, so she knows they are okay.  Probably thinking to herself, boy am I glad I am in here! They have grown so much since they arrived, it is unbelievable.  They have been a joy in every respect, and watching them change, the personalities changes, etc., has been very entertaining. I know they are still not "who" they are glank1.jpg (27287 bytes)oing to be, but the roles have changed since their arrival, and will be interesting to see 'who' they finally end up to be. Oh, the white male one is still mamma's boy, and he is the biggest of them all, but will be found cuddled up closest to is so cute, because he is a big lunk, but she does not seem to notice he is getting to be her size.