"Thanks for everyone's thoughts".
She was found yesterday after being hit by a vehicle near their home in Point Chevalier, Auckland.
The cat was famous for its opposable thumbs, with Ms Ardern jokingly calling her a "polydactyl" while Paddles" Twitter biography states "have thumbs, will tweet'. Gracie Brown, the Yorkshire terrier belonging to the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand, Scott Brown, also offered sympathies via her own Twitter account @DiploDogGracie.
The adopted ginger and white cat with opposable thumbs - branded the "First Cat of New Zealand" - attained online fame after someone set up a Twitter account dedicated to the feline.
Paddles - the first cat of New Zealand.
It's not exactly known who ran the account, but the amusing description claimed to be an "independent cat" and that it's "not affurliated with the Labour Pawty".
According to The New Zealand Herald, the driver of the vehicle that hit Paddles told a local woman who took the cat to a vet, hoping she was merely unconscious.
Morgan tweeted that cats needed to be confined and not allowed to wander on other people's properties, free to kill at will.
Earlier this week, Gayford revealed in an article for The Spinoff that Paddles had nearly interrupted a phone call between Ardern and United States president Donald Trump.
"As the call was transferred our cat (yes that bloody cat) came flying through the cat-flap". "She leapt up onto the chair next to Jacinda and began announcing her very squawky arrival", he wrote on pop culture website thespinoff.co.nz.
The SPCA today said their thoughts were with the Prime Minister and her partner and asked them to take comfort in knowing that by adopting their pet they gave her a life filled with happiness and love.
RIP Paddles. You will be missed.