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Iraq's First 'Cat Hotel' Opens in Basra; See Pictures

World | Reuters | April 2, 2018, 4:39 pm
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 With a passion for animals since childhood, 22-year-old veterinary medicine student Ahmed Taher Maki turns part of his house into a what he says is the first hotel for cats in Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

With a passion for animals since childhood, 22-year-old veterinary medicine student Ahmed Taher Maki turns part of his house into a what he says is the first hotel for cats in Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 With a passion for animals since childhood, 22-year-old veterinary medicine student Ahmed Taher Maki turns part of his house into a what he says is the first hotel for cats in Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

With a passion for animals since childhood, 22-year-old veterinary medicine student Ahmed Taher Maki turns part of his house into a what he says is the first hotel for cats in Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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"It has always been a hobby since I was a child and I further developed it when I studied veterinary medicine and started to deal directly with cats and other domesticated animals. I loved the job." (Image: Reuters)

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"The idea of the hotel is to meet the needs of those who adopt cats in Basra in cooperation with veterinary clinics who ask for a shelter to accommodate sick animals or in case of travelling." (Image: Reuters)

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"All these VIP services are offered at a very cheap price and this is very unique and happens for the first time in Iraq. I do not care about financial costs as much as I care about adopting animals in Basra." (Image: Reuters)

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 The two-room hotel offers comfortable beds, healthy food choices, a mini playground, bathing and air-conditioning for the lucky cats. (Image: Reuters)

The two-room hotel offers comfortable beds, healthy food choices, a mini playground, bathing and air-conditioning for the lucky cats. (Image: Reuters)

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 The hotel can accommodate up to 30 cats at a time. (Image: Reuters)

The hotel can accommodate up to 30 cats at a time. (Image: Reuters)

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 A one-night stay at the hotel costs between 5000 to 7000 Iraqi dinars ($4.2 to $5.9), which goes down to 2500 dinars in case the pets stay for more nights. (Image: Reuters)

A one-night stay at the hotel costs between 5000 to 7000 Iraqi dinars ($4.2 to $5.9), which goes down to 2500 dinars in case the pets stay for more nights. (Image: Reuters)

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 One of the rooms is an emergency ward where sick pets are clinically examined by veterinary physicians. (Image: Reuters)

One of the rooms is an emergency ward where sick pets are clinically examined by veterinary physicians. (Image: Reuters)

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 Maki says he aims to encourage people to adopt cats by offering proper dietary counselling, health services as well as a safe shelter for the animals when their owners travel. (Image: Reuters)

Maki says he aims to encourage people to adopt cats by offering proper dietary counselling, health services as well as a safe shelter for the animals when their owners travel. (Image: Reuters)

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 Cats at the hotel in Basra, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

Cats at the hotel in Basra, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 A veterinary medicine student plays with cats. (Image: Reuters)

A veterinary medicine student plays with cats. (Image: Reuters)

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