The Catboat


Dear people,

Due to the request of the cabinet on 13-10-20 we have again decided to close for visitors in the afternoon. As it looks now for a month.

Of course you can call us if you are interested in one of our cats, who are looking for a loving home. Or if you have other 'cat' related questions, even if you have found or want to bring a cat. Feel free to call us between 10 am-12pm.

We will keep you informed of any changes. Be careful and hope to see you soon.


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.

ANIMAL DAY October 2020
It is no longer Animal Day but we will leave the link this month for the people who still want to help. Click on the link and support us, the cats are happy with any amount. It is now much more difficult to come by, but you can still support us online. With us it is not called Tikkie but a Brokje;)


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.