Granny. Eventually, both cats
were taken off the adoption list
and given permanent status in
While De Poezenboot has a
core staff of about 21 regular volunteers, Judith said she is often
approached by tourists looking
for a “voluntourism” experience
by helping out and working on
board for a couple of days during
their stay in Amsterdam. “And yes,
when we can, we most certainly take advantage of such extra
help,” she said.
According to Judith, there is
a certain cachet to adopting a
“catboat cat,” and the local
adoption events held on the
houseboat are very popular
with cat lovers looking to
find a feline soul mate. “We
may operate in a relatively
small space, but we have a
very big name and are very
successful in our adoptions,” she added.
The houseboat can
accommodate up to 40
cats, and the feline population fluctuates. Anyone
visiting the houseboat is
likely to be met by one of the
boat’s official feline greeters.
Koeienkat, Dutch for Cowcat,
is always the first to greet newcomers. He got his name because
of the spots on his fur that
resemble the black-and-white
pattern on a typical Dutch cow.
“He will sit on someone’s lap for
hours but is not very keen to be
stroked or petted. You stroke him
at your own peril,” Judith said.
“Even though there is a sign to
warn potential petters, some sim-
ply can’t resist and leave with a
feline scratch ‘souvenir.’”
And speaking of souvenirs,
De Poezenboot has a gift shop
that, along with donations, is a
source of revenue to help pay for
the general upkeep of the feline
residents along with their excel-
lent veterinary care and diet of
high-end cat food. The selection
includes decorative pins, kitchen
magnets, pens, posters, postcards,
and T-shirts with slogans in both
Dutch and English. They might be
small tokens, but they’ll conjure
up big memories.
Ziggy (pictured) and Fudge “work” as feline muses for Sandy Robins, an award-winning multimedia pet lifestyle expert and pet industry personality. They have helped
“write” three books, including The Original CAT FANCY Cat Bible (I- 5 Press, 2014).
When he is not lying on her desk blocking the computer screen, Ziggy likes to play
fetch with his toys and direct food operations in the kitchen. Learn more about
Sandy at sandyrobinsonline.com.
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De Poezenboot is open to the public from 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays,
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and
Saturdays. It is closed on Wednesdays