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New Zealand’s ‘First Cat’ Paddle’s sudden DEATH sends Twitterati in a shock

Many followers and fans of the First Cat of NZ, Paddles, including the dog of the US ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown, shared their condolences on social media.

Going by the name Paddles@FirstCatofNZ, the Twitter handle has over 11,000 followers. (Source: Paddlesgram/Instagram)

New Zealand’s ‘First Cat’ Paddles was killed after being hit by a car near the prime minister’s home in Auckland on October 7. Last month, when Jacinda Ardern became the prime minister, she brought the ginger polydactyl along with her. The driver of the car, who hit the cat, rushed to a vet but it was declared dead, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Ardern took to Instagram to share the news with the people and wrote, “To anyone who has ever lost a pet, you’ll know how sad we feel. Paddles was much loved, and not just by us. Thanks for everyone’s thoughts. And on behalf of Paddles, please be kind to the SPCA. They found her before we did, and we will always be grateful for that.”

Take a look at the post here.

The cat, adopted from the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), had quickly become a social media celeb. Going by the name Paddles@FirstCatofNZ the handle and bio that states ‘Paddles Ardern-Gayford. She/her. First Cat of New Zealand. Have thumbs, will tweet. Not affurliated with Labour Pawty. Bullies will be SCRATSCHED/blocked.’ The handle has over 11 thousand followers.

Here’s the first tweet shared by Paddles on Twitter.

The person responsible for managing Paddles’s Twitter account requested the followers to offer their ‘gifts of condolences’ by making a donation to SPCA.

Many followers and fans of the cat, including the dog of the US ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown, shared their condolences on social media. Here are some of the reactions: