DesignerStripes is a Toyger Breeder and Cattery in Illinois


What is a Toyger?

Toyger is a domestic, designer cat founded by Judy Sugden of EEYAA cattery in California. Toygers are medium-sized, short-haired and glittered in appearance. The breed resembles a “toy tiger” as its striped coat is reminiscent of a tiger’s coat.

Toyger cats are very intelligent, social and outgoing. They are affectionate, sweet and very energetic cats that make great pets! DesignerStripes Toygers have wild looks, but loving personalities.

DesignerStripes Kittens in Their New Homes

About Us

DesignerStripes is a small, home-based cattery located in North Aurora, Illinois, 40 miles west of beautiful downtown Chicago. I’ve bred these unique designer cats for 12 years.


Our Toygers make for wonderful companions, and 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 that kittens are very well socialized before they leave us for their forever homes.

Every single Toyger kitten born at DesignerStripes is important to us, because 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.

Meet Helen Baloun

I am the cattery owner and a TICA (The International Cat Association) and Toyger Cat USA member. I am very proud of producing multiple Supreme Grand Champions, living with me or catteries in both the USA and Europe.

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 am very proud that pictures of my two Toyger boys (Onyx and Jade) were chosen by the PURINA company for advertising on their website and also to be on bags of treats and dry food. You can see them in every pet store in the USA.

My Promise to You

I will NEVER breed Toyger kittens for quantity, but instead for quality, health and personality in mind. I follow the TICA Breeders Code of Ethics.

All my breeding cats are DNA tested and scanned for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy by a cardiologist who comes to my home with the necessary portable equipment. All my Toygers have passed the tests with flying colors. I have more and more kittens with permanent white belly, which is my goal for future litters. Every Toyger kitten has white belly to a certain age, but only the ones born to “whited parents” stay permanent.


DesignerStripes Snowstorm aka Stormy, our future queen