We are located in Utopia, Tx. We fly our kittens within the USA. We focus on health, structure, and temperament.
Hello, I am Kate Dupnik, the owner of Utopian Bengals. I began breeding in 2018 after a lifelong love and fascination of animals, cats in particular. Over the years, I have worked tirelessly to improve the Bengal in structure, health, and temperament.
I grew up on an island on the Texas coast. While living there, I learned and absorbed the aquatic life. I spent my days going to the beach or watching animal planet as a kid. During that time, my parents had and still have a large ranch near the Texas/Mexico border where I would stay for days and weeks at a time with my Dad. There wasn’t anything to do there except be outside, immersed in nature, and exploring. I grew fond of the simple country life and knew that’s what I wanted in my adult life.
In my early twenties I ended up in small town Utopia, Texas and have been here ever since. I worked as a veterinary technician and was heavily involved in animal rescue. I’d like to think that I have innate ability to nurture and help animals. I’ve been called a bleeding heart once or twice in my life. Being involved in rescue, I made a promise to myself that if I ever did breed an animal, I would only do so ethically and responsibly. That is why all of my kittens leave my home spayed/neutered, vet checked, and with a health guarantee. It is also why I have a clause in my contract stating a kitten always has to be returned to me in the event that the owner can no longer keep it. I have a thorough homing process to ensure my kittens end up where they will live happily and thrive. I care about my kittens, not only while they’re with me, but for the duration of their life. All kittens are raised in our home amongst children and a bustling family environment. This allows them to acclimate easily to their new homes.
Now, about my program. My goal is to produce an SBT Bengal with as many wildcat attributes as possible, while maintaining health and temperament. I work with early generations to achieve this- they are my passion. A Bengal should have certain obvious structural components, and not only a rosetted coat.
At Utopian Bengals, we do annual HCM scans on our adult breeding cats and they are genetically health tested. Having a background as a veterinary technician, health is paramount to my program. Bengals are predisposed to certain genetic conditions if not screened properly. I have been breeding long enough now to track and follow the heart health of the cats in my program.
I will only keep and breed cats that exude a social and friendly temperament, this includes my early generations. I take my F1 girls on walks, they get heart scans in Austin, and all are a breeze to work with. This passes down to their offspring. My cats happiness comes above all else. Our studs are housed outside in very large custom areas with full access to a nice heated and cooled building. I spend hours a day with them. They are part of our family.
All of our cats are fed a raw diet that we make ourselves. We are fortunate to live in the country where we have access to the freshest ingredients. We rotate proteins from organic pork, venison, chicken, and beef. Our recipe is always balanced and made using a specific ratio. I don’t require my pet owners to continue this diet but do HIGHLY encourage it. I have many resources and tips to transition a new owner to this healthy lifestyle for their kitten.