The Catboat

We are open again for catlovers


Dear people,


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.

Check out our (Dutch) website first, because there you will find all cats that are looking for a new home. If you see a cat that would suit you, please give us a call if you have any questions. We can also immediately make an appointment so that you can meet the cat in question.

So first check our website to see if there is a cat that suits your household! Then call us if you have any questions or to make an appointment. That will not be between 1-3 in the afternoon, because then we have not enough time!


The time has come, we are going to try it again: after July 9th we will open again and you can visit us between 13-15h. We start with 3 days a week, namely Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. You need to book a day and time via our website. Stay careful and we hope to see you soon.

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.