A cat has learned to play the piano to tell its owners when it is hungry or needs its litter tray changed, the animal’s owner has claimed.

Winslow, a tabby cat from Philadelphia, was taught to use the instrument to counteract bad behaviour.

Owner Kate Nyx said the seven-year-old cat would "run around screaming all the time" so decided to take action.

Kate said the piano was a "way to communicate" with the animal without it "screaming bloody murder" - and it has turned the animal into a "gentleman."

The 29-year-old said Winslow was adopted when he was eight months old, and was trying to fight a dog when he was found.

Kate, who is a musician, bought the tiny piano on eBay when she was at school

Kate said: "He was scarred up, covered in dirt, we had to teach him how to eat dry food and he had a serious case of ringworm

"He was a rambunctious kitten and he’s transformed into a chaotic gentlemen.

"The piano is another way to communicate so he’s not screaming bloody murder."

Kate, who is a musician, bought the tiny piano on eBay when she was at school and it has been in the house since Winslow has lived there.

She claims the cat payed an interested in the instrument since he was a kitten and would "look underneath" the piano to see where the sounds were coming from.

The 29-year-old said Winslow was adopted when he was eight years old

Winslow's owner said: "It became some kind of hunting reward because he can’t do much in the apartment.

"He tends to only play it when we’re in the kitchen and he knows he can possible get a snack.”

Kate said the piano has become Winslow's "alarm system" and does it when he "really wants something."

She taught him by "encouraging" the animal to "move his paws up and down the keyboard"

She taught him by "encouraging" the animal to "move his paws up and down the keyboard."

Kate said: "He learned that I encourage moving his paws up and down the keyboard, so he does that when he really wants something."

Kate and her fiance got engaged because of Winslow

Winslow also gave the couple ringworm when they first brought him home, which led to their engagement.

She said: "I was like 'do you think you'll do this with anyone else?' And he was like 'nope' and so that's how we got engaged.

"We call that our engagement ringworm."