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.
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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.
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.
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."