The Catboat


Visiting hours

Since 1.5 years it is much busier with visitors than normal. Between 13-15h (except the Wednesday and the Sunday) we are open to the public and sometimes people are waiting outside. So keep in mind the (bad) weather. Remember, it is only one boat and the space is limited. Are you looking for a nice cat? Then check our website and call us between 10-12h. Hope to see you then.

Welcome at the Catboat

The Catboat is the 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 world-famous tourist attraction. The one and only Catboat.

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 we are closed on Wednesday and Sunday. Regarding the many visitors we get nowadays, you may have to wait outside until you can enter the boat. We hope for your understanding.