Jacinda Ardern's cat Paddles dies after being hit by car

Super sad news! Jacinda Ardern's cat Paddles has been killed after being hit by a car.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister confirmed to Newshub the 'First Cat of New Zealand' sadly passed away on Tuesday.

Paddles, a ginger and white cat with opposable thumbs, had become a celebrity in her own right after a mystery Twitter account was set up in her name.

That account has since expressed condolences for the loss, saying "the whole world will mourn her".

The cat belonged to Ms Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford.

The cat was by Ms Ardern's side for many of her pivotal political moments, including interrupting her phone call with US President Donald Trump.

She leapt up onto the chair next to Jacinda and began announcing her very squawky arrival," Mr Gayford told The Spinoff.

"There was a flurry of action as I tried to hustle it into the next room while quite literally the leader of the free world was connected through to our little home in Pt Chev."

Paddles' Twitter bio said she was an "Independent cat- not affurliated with the Labour pawty".