Felines get the five-star treatment at Iraq’s first Cat Hotel


Published: 2018-03-30 11:41

Last Updated: 2024-06-18 18:08

Ahmad plays with one of the cats in his hotel. (AP)
Ahmad plays with one of the cats in his hotel. (AP)

If you need a break from your pet cat, you’re going out of town, or maybe your cat needs a break from you, Ahmad Taher can help.

The Iraqi veterinary student has just established what he believes to be the country’s first cat hotel.

Located in Iraq’s southern city of Basra, the hotel boasts two large bedrooms for kitties to cat nap, eat, play and scratch as they please.

Oh, and there is even a TV in their rooms for them to, erm, watch Tom and Jerry on?

There are currently three feline residents in the hotel, which is ideally located on top of a vet’s clinic.

Many cat-owners find it difficult to find someone willing to take care of their beloved pets when they go away, especially those who can’t afford to keep them in a kennel pending their return.

That is why the 24-year-old feline fan charges between $4-6 per night, including food, grooming, entertainment and other treatments.

Treatments? Those pets must be grinning like a Cheshire cat!

But in a country torn by war and suffering from political and financial instability, will Taher find enough clients to keep his hotel up-and-running?

Social media users reacted positively to the original idea. 

Mehdi Fadel, owner of Bella, one of the hotel’s residents, was excited when he first heard about the “4Cats Pet Hotel” on social media.

"I really liked the idea because my family and I travel a lot and it's always hard to find a place where we can leave our cat,” he said.

The hotel is so efficient that it even sends their clients’ owners regular updates about their pets to keep their minds at ease while they’re away.

What’s next? Taher hopes to expand his business to include dogs and birds in it.

Taher, we sure hope it doesn’t turn into a game of cat and mouse with those additional clients.