The Catboat

Looking for a cat and our visitingdays


Would you like to visit us?

Then you are most welcome on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday afternoon between 13-15h.

If you want to be sure that there is time for you, it is best to reserve a day and time via our website. If you are unable to book online, just call us between 10-12 pm. Then we will arrange it in a different way.

If you are looking for a cat, read the text below carefully first.

Check out our website first, because there are the cats that are looking for a new home. At the moment we place the cats quite quickly, so keep an eye on our website. If you see a cat that would suit you, please call us if you have any questions. We can also make an appointment immediately so that you can come and meet the cat or cats in question.

We don't make those appointments between 1 pm and 3 pm because wthen it is too busy.

So first check our website to see if there is a cat that fits your household! Then call us if there are any questions or to make an appointment. We don't make those appointments between 1 pm and 3 pm because then it is often too busy.

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.

Since 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, 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. it sounds cliché, but it's true: without your donation and support we wouldn't stay afloat! Nowadays, you have to book a day and time online on our website. We hope to see you soon.