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Adorable alert! Inside the world's first cat hotel

April 03, 2018 10:44 IST

Veterinary medicine student Ahmed Taher Maki had a soft corner for animals since his childhood.

However, it was much later in life when he got a chance to turn his passion into a career.

The 22-year-old turned a part of his house into a what he says is 'the first hotel for cats in Iraq'.

Take a look at what this hotel looks like!

Cat hotel

Cats enjoy themselves at the hotel. Photographs: Essam Al-Sudani/Reuters

 

 

cat hotel

The two-room hotel offers comfortable beds, healthy food choices, a mini playground, bathing and air-conditioning for cats.

 

Cat hotel

 

Ahmed Taher Maki does not care about financial costs as much as he cares about adopting animals. 

 

Cat hotel

 

'It has always been a hobby since I was a child. I further developed it when I studied veterinary medicine and started to deal directly with cats and other domesticated animals. I loved the job,' said Ahmed. 

 

cat hotel

 

'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,' he added. 

 

Cat hotel

 

One of the rooms is an emergency ward where sick pets are clinically examined by veterinary physicians.

 

Cat hotel

The hotel can accommodate up to 30 cats at a time. A one-night stay at the hotel costs between 5,000 to 7,000 Iraqi dinars (₹271 to ₹380), which goes down to 2,500 dinars in case the pets stay for more nights.

 

Cat hotel

Ahmed 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.

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