It may appear very su-purr-stitious but a blind cat named called Stevie Wonder really has developed a passion for playing the piano.
The musical moggie is astounding carers at Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire.
Carers believe the six-year-old – who was found in a garden – presses on the keys because the sound helps connect him to the outside world.
When Stevie, named after the famous blind American singer and pianist, was found he was flea-ridden, suffering from worms, had a hernia in his stomach and both of his eyes were missing.
Vets are unsure whether his eyes were surgically removed or he was born without them.
But after he was taken home to be cared for by one of the staff they noticed how much he seemed to enjoy listening to the piano being played.
‘He has ventured onto the seat and the piano himself a few times for a little nose and a rather noisy play.
‘Because he has no sight Stevie’s other senses are so heightened – his hearing is amazing.
‘He loves to jump, play with fishing rod toys and explore his foster home and garden. He really is a wonder.
‘Amazingly in terms of himself Stevie is well, which is why it is so surprising that he does not have eyes.’
She said she hoped the animal will be moved to a stable home soon where the furniture remains in one place so he can create a mental map in his head of the space around him.
Wood Green, which was founded in 1924, rehomes thousands of dogs, cats, horses, goats, sheep, rabbits, hens, ferrets and other small animals every year.