Cats are seen in a cat hotel in Basra, Iraq, March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Essam El-Sudani Cats are seen in a cat hotel in Basra, Iraq, March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Essam El-Sudani

Far from war, Basra's cats lap it up in their own hotel

Sat, Mar. 31, 2018
BASRA, Iraq - 31 March 2018: A world away from Iraq’s battlegrounds, Basra’s cat-lovers have found a haven for their favorite pets.

Veterinary student Ahmed Taher Maki has turned his home in the southern city into what he believes is Iraq’s first cat hotel.

Writing by Andrew Heavens; Editing by Peter Graff
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A veterinary medicine student feeds cats in a cat hotel in Basra, Iraq, March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Essam El-Sudani

For as little as 5,000 Iraqi dinars ($4.20) a night - or half that for long stays - the guests can enjoy beds, regular meals, health checkups and a mini playground, all under the cooling purr of an air conditioner.

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A veterinary medicine student carries a cat in a cat hotel in Basra, Iraq, March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Essam El-Sudani

Maki said he was hoping to encourage more people to adopt cats in the city and give them a place to leave their pets when they are away on a trip.

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A veterinary medicine student plays with a cat in a cat hotel in Basra, Iraq, March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Essam El-Sudani

Taking care of animals gives people a “merciful heart,” he said. “The hotel is a noble thing and unprecedented in the south of Iraq and Basra in particular.”

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A veterinary medicine student plays with cats in a cat hotel in Basra, Iraq, March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Essam El-Sudani
 
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