A DAYS-old kitten was found with its umbilical cord still attached after a hotel guest heard the animal crying for help.

Cygnet, who is being fostered by the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Burford, had a lucky escape after he was discovered outside the window of a room at The Swan in Bibury, Gloucestershire.

The guest heard tiny miaows and reported the discovery to staff, who left milk and water out in the hope the cat's mother would return.

But when the situation remained the same they contacted the Blue Cross team and Cygnet is now being fed and toileted every two hours as part of his care.

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Kirsty Jones, animal welfare assistant at Blue Cross Burford, said: “Cygnet is a really adorable kitten and it’s been a pleasure to see him grow.

"He came to us as a tiny two-day-old and is growing into a confident and loving little cat. He loves to cuddle and purr and his favourite thing is to try and climb up you.”

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Every summer, the number of strays admitted to Blue Cross rises by almost two thirds, compared to the winter months.

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This is because animals tend to stray further in the warm weather, especially if they are not neutered.

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Blue Cross, which has rehoming centres and animal hospitals across the country, is reminding owners to neuter pet cats to prevent unwanted litters.