The Cat in the Hat is a tall, bipedal feline who made his debut in Dr. Seuss's 1957 children's book The Cat in the Hat. Aside from his unusually upright posture and humanoid mannerisms for a felinid being, he is most recognized by his cylindrical red-and-white-striped chapeau and red bow tie. The Cat is a whimsical and fun-loving individual whose particularly favored pastime is entering the homes of children who are bereft of merriment and doing everything in his unmeasured power to alleviate the doldrums of their dreary day. Although his intentions are well-placed, the Cat is passively ignorant of those who object to his shenanigans, which are often chaotic in nature and make a mess of the immediate surroundings. Regardless, he makes a point of being neat; when the impending presence of a parental figure becomes clear, he very quickly undoes whatever disorder he may've caused and promptly disappears as mysteriously as he arrived.