The Catboat


With all the misery and sorrow in this period; if cats are left behind, in trouble or need temporary shelter, please feel free to contact us. And we try to help, this applies to the whole of the Netherlands.


We will be open to visitors again from 2 July. You must book online through our website. Every cat lover is welcome, but if you have complaints, cough or fever, you will come another time. This question can be asked when you visit us. At the front door there is a disinfection column where you wash your hands before entering. And we keep the 1.5 meters away, which is why fewer people can now come by.



If you are interested in one of the cats that you have seen on our website, please call us. Then we make an appointment so that you can meet the cat in question.

So first check the website to see if there is a cat that is matching your household! Feel free to call us if you have any questions.


Welcome at the Catboat

The Catboat is the one and only animal sanctuary that literally floats. A refuge for stray and abandoned cats which, thanks to its unique location on a houseboat in Amsterdam's picturesque canal belt, has also become a place where people want to go. 

Water and cats...

Most cats hate water. But ours learn to love living on it. After all, we have been keeping their feet dry since 1968.

In that time the Catboat has developed into a modern and professional sanctuary providing tender loving care to countless cats.

On this site you can find out how we came to be here and the rest of our history. You will also meet some of our cats and our people. And, as well as this virtual introduction, you can find details of where and when you can visit us for real!

Entrance is free, but with a donation you make the cats and us very happy. We do not receive any subsidy. You can visit us between 13.00-15.00. Only on Wednesday and Sunday we are closed. Regarding the many visitors we get nowadays, you may have to wait outside until you can enter the boat. We hope for your understanding.