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“A nice way to spend half an hour.”
Review of De Poezenboot

De Poezenboot
Ranked #74 of 510 things to do in Amsterdam
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“A nice way to spend half an hour.”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

I read about de poezenboot online and put this on my list of things to do. It was really fun we went to the coffeeshops and headed for the singel to find it. It wasn't that easy to spot but we found it. You go in and the lady lets you in to see the cats we gave a donation and were told to avoid cats pictures with warnings. Which were hand drawn so it was quite hard to know exactly what cats were mean but we just avoided the ones we recognised which at the time were following us to get stroked. Aswell as cats wandering around they had cages with cats and there was three kittens which were really playful and cute. A lot of the cats were happy to get attention. If you like cats or you just want something to do without paying hefty tourist prices go to de poezenboot.

Visited September 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“If you love cats!”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

I love cats. I am an extreme cat lover. So when I heard there was a canal boat in Amsterdam filled with cats, I simply had to go.

De Poezenboot is a cat (boat) shelter where they have their own cats living on the boat and also cats that are available for adoption. The staff seemed very passionate about what they do, and so they should - I thought it was a great cause. Previous negative reviews seem to be disappointed this wasn't some kind of petting zoo - well of course it isn't, it is a lovely charitable animal shelter where you can come be amongst cats and donate kindly so that they can float happily on the canals of Amsterdam forever.

Visited August 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“Highly recommend for cat lovers”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

I have to admit I am a crazy cat lady and this place was on my list of things to see. The boat is located on the Singal right off Haarlemmerstraat and the entry fee is free, however, donations are most welcome. All the staff are very friendly and are more than happy to answer any questions, there are some resident cats that are free to roam the boat and there are some cats kept in crates that are available for adoption. The boat is quite large and extremely clean, it does smell a little bit but then again, it is to be expected when you have 40 cats on a boat at one time. A lot more people are coming to know of this place so it can get quite busy and cramped. I highly recommend checking this attraction out! :)

Visited August 2013
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Birsfelden, Switzerland
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“Cat lovers”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Devotional care for cats! Many cute catst to be adopted or just to be hugged or looked at. Unfortunately, some of them are very shy and cannot be picked up.

Visited June 2013
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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“A must for cat lovers!”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Amsterdam is full of oddities, and unusual places, and the Poezenboot is a great example... a cat rescue shelter on a boat!

The times that you can visit are quite limited, but once you're onboard you can meet the family of cats, as well as their carers, and you can spend as long as you like relaxing with the inhabitants.
If you're a local you can even adopt the cats!

If you're missing your own pets, then come and share your love with these ones in need! There's no fee for entering, though they accept donations.

Visited January 2013
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