Tom the Cat is an original creation by Macy's for the 1933 Macy's Parade.
History with the Macy's Parade
Tom made his debut in the 1933 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The balloon retired after that, and like many other balloons from this time period, he was recycled into part of the 650 pounds of rubber donated to the U.S. military for WWII. He is unlikely to ever return as a balloon.