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There's a Cat Sanctuary on a Boat in Amsterdam, and It's Adorable
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There's a Cat Sanctuary on a Boat in Amsterdam, and It's Adorable

Picture of James Fenn
Photography Commissioner
Updated: 21 February 2018
What’s better than a purring cat curled up on your lap?

One snuggled in your arms on a boat, of course!

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Amsterdam’s cat boat | Daniel de Leau / © Culture Trip
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Daniel de Leau / | © Culture Trip
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Daniel de Leau / | © Culture Trip
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Daniel de Leau / | © Culture Trip

This cat sanctuary in Amsterdam is on a canal-based houseboat, and it’s incredible.

Founded in 1966 by Henriette van Weelde, it’s an official charity and a loving home for ill, stray or abandoned cats.

There’s space for up to 50 cats, and 14 are permanent residents. De Poezenboot (the Cat Boat) is a popular tourist attraction, and it’s kept afloat (literally) by donations from kind visitors.

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A Volunteer at the Sanctuary | Daniel de Leau / © Culture Trip
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Judith, who now owns the cat boat, pets one of the residents | Daniel de Leau / © Culture Trip
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Daniel de Leau / | © Culture Trip

All the money raised is put towards helping as many of Amsterdam’s cats as possible, and the charity organises and pays for neutering when owners are unable to.

Although cats reputedly hate water, the felines have settled down to boat life just fine and are contented and loved.

The fluffs are available for adoption, although many visit just to give them a head rub in the hope of garnering some cat affection.