DesignerStripes is a small, home based cattery located in North Aurora, IL, 40 miles
west of beautiful downtown Chicago. I have been a Toyger breeder for eight years.
Our Toygers make for wonderful companions, they are known for their sweet, loving
and energetic disposition. Our Toyger kittens are raised with constant care and
attention from our family, grandchildren and Cooper, our mischievous Doberman! The
attention and love they receive in their all important formative first months assures they
are very well socialized before they leave us for their forever homes. Every single
Toyger kitten born at DesignerStripes is important to us; we treat our kittens like little
members of the family. We absolutely love to get updates and hear stories about our
babies from their new owners.
A bit about myself, my name is Helen Baloun; I am the cattery owner, TICA, Toyger
Cats USA member. My husband Joe and I came to the United States from Europe about
33 years ago with our two sons, Dan and Mark.
Back in Europe there was always a cat or dog in the house and we continued that
tradition here in the States. First, we had a couple of cats that we adopted from local
shelters, and eventually we bought our favorite breed of dog, the Doberman Pinscher,
we typically had two Dobermans and at least one cat at all times. Of course with young
boys we always had an assortment of reptiles, turtles, snakes, iguanas and even a bird.
To say the least we have always been animal lovers and our house was always shared
with animals! About eight years ago we lost our cat due to kidney failure. After
deciding to purchase a new cat I did some research and came across a few pictures of
Togers on the Internet and fell in love with this wonderful and unique breed. I talked to
and met a few Toyger breeders at a local cat show and I was hooked! I decided to
breed Toygers on my own and purchased my first two females very shortly thereafter
and my adventure with breeding Toygers began! My goal from the beginning is to work
hand in hand with other Toyger breeders along with guidance from Toyger founder,
Judy Sugden, to help bring the Toyger breed to its final destination according to the
Toyger breed standard.
I will NEVER breed Toyger kittens for quantity, but with quality, health
and personality in mind, that is my promise. I follow the TICA breeders
code of ethics ! Click to read the TICA code of ethics.