A woman in the UK was reunited with her cat who was missing for eight months after she recognized the feline's voice over the phone call with a vet.

Rachael Lawrence, from Essex in southeast England, accidentally heard her cat's meow in the background while talking to a vet regarding the condition of her other cat, Torvi, who was in for surgery. The 40-year-old mom of three kids recognized the familiar meow and asked the vet if it was Torvi. The vet told her that it was just a stray cat they had brought a week ago, Essex Live reported.

However, Lawrence could not give up as she was sure the feline's sound was very familiar and similar to that of her lost cat Barnaby who went missing when he was about two years old. "It was just bugging me because I recognized the meow," Lawrence said.

Two hours later, she called up the vet again, to ask if the cat was black and had a distinct white patch on his back foot. When the vet confirmed the distinct features, Lawrence was sure it was her missing cat.

Barnaby was affectionately called Fatman and Lawrence took along photos of him when she went to pick up Torvi. As soon as the staff brought the cat to her, Lawrence said she knew it was him.

"I cried. I'm talking snot bubble cries. I was howling," Lawrence said about her reunion with Barnaby. She then video called her family and showed her three children what she has found. "They went, ‘Oh, my god, it’s Barney. It’s Fatman!’ They were really happy," Lawrence shared her family's joy, ITV reported.

Barnaby has "loads of scabs and he's all skinny and missing fur" when Lawrence found him but Lawrence said he is happy to be back home. "He's back home where he should be. He’s getting on so well."

"We just need to fatten him up to get him back to Fatman!" she added.

Although Lawrence had arranged to have Barnaby chipped before he went missing, she realized that it was not done properly.

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