After eight months apart, a routine call to the veterinarian sparks a family reunion with a missing cat

In a heartwarming story posted in January this year, a family living in Braintree, England, reunited with their missing cat after eight months apart. Finding the furry family member after such a length of time was remarkable.

How the cat got discovered was even more extraordinary.

Missing cat

Eight months before being reunited, mother Rachel and her three children were devastated when their black cat, with a white patch of fur on its back foot, Barnaby, disappeared. Despite their prior efforts to contact their veterinarian, animal center, and neighbors, their efforts proved unsuccessful.

New chapter

Over time, the family lost hope. They looked to welcome a new tabby cat named Torvi, as part of their family.

At this time, the mother made a routine phone call to the veterinarian. She had called to inquire about her new cat Torvi’s neuter procedure.

Twist of fate

While on the phone, Rachel heard a faint ‘meow’ in the background. That ‘meow’ sounded oh so familiar.

Rachel felt compelled to investigate what she heard. She called back to ask about the cat, and the vet informed her that a stray cat had been found one week earlier.

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Barnaby, the long-lost cat, is happy to be home. Pic Credit: Essex County Gazette Standard News/Website

A mother’s intuition led the cat’s mom to inquire further. She requested a description of the stray cat.

To her surprise, the description of the lost stray matched her beloved lost cat, Barnaby.


When Rachel reunited with Barnaby, her beloved furry family member, she was in disbelief. The family had previously given up hope, so this experience felt surreal.

When she went to retrieve Barnaby from the veterinarian’s office, he appeared thin, had a bent ear, and had a few battle scars.

Mother Rachel made a video call to surprise her children with her discovery. They were delighted and recognized him straight away.

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Torvi (left) cuddles with big brother Barnaby. Pic Credit: Essex County Gazette Standard News/Website

Luckily, Barnaby survived life on the street and was able to be rescued and reunited with his family. Not only had he been saved, but he also gained a new sibling.

Now the children and mother, Rachel, are on a quest to fatten up Barnaby and make a lifetime of memories together as a family.

Wrap up

A routine phone call to the veterinarian was a life-changing moment for one family who had lost their beloved cat eight months prior. In a simple twist of fate, hearing a familiar ‘meow’ set the wheels in motion for lost cat Barnaby to be identified and successfully reunited with his beloved family.

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