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Following fire, local woman seeks help finding cat

Ashley Christiansen said her missing cat, Tater, may be skittish without her. She's asking anyone who thinks they might see him to take a photo and send it to her. 1 / 5
Ashley Christiansen is looking for her cat, a 3-year-old male gray tabby named Tater. She's asking anyone with any information to contact her at 715-220-6211. Photos courtesy of Ashley Christiansen.2 / 5
This grey tabby cat, Tater, has been missing since a Jan. 26 fire. His owner, Ashley Christiansen, has confirmed he escaped the fire. Now she's hoping to bring him home. 3 / 5
Ashley Christiansen has a deep bond with her cat, Tater. He's been missing since a January house fire, and she's asking for help finding him. She's asking anyone who might have seen him, or who might have information to contact her.4 / 5
Ashley Christiansen is seeking help finding her cat, Tater. She's asking anyone with information to contact her. 5 / 5

When she lost her apartment in a fire on Jan. 26, Ashley Christiansen lost more than her home and possessions. She lost a piece of her family: Her 3-year-old tabby cat, Tater.

Christiansen said she misses Tater, or Tate for short, "more than I could ever explain."

"I don't have a home anymore, so having him would give me a sense of home," she said. "He was my family for two years."

The fire ravaged Christiansen's apartment at 222 E. Walnut St. in the early morning hours of Jan. 26; its contents were destroyed.

What's kept her going through the loss of her home, her possessions, and now her cat, she said, is knowing that Tater made it out of the building.

"We were able to go up into my apartment and search the whole thing," she said. Christiansen said she's confident that Tater made it out of the building alive.

Christiansen has been doing everything she can to search for Tater. She's set up trail cams in the area of her old apartment, which she checks regularly. She's set out food and a jacket with her scent on it. She's also tried live traps, but had no luck.

She's put up five or six posts on social media, she said, and regularly checks comments on those and with each humane society and shelter in the area.

The situation has been complicated by the fact that her apartment was destroyed in the fire, along with most of Christiansen's and Tater's possessions.

"They say put out the litter box, put out their toys, and I don't have any of those," Christiansen said.

That setback has not stopped Christiansen from looking for her cat.

"He was my little buddy, and I'm a very anxious person, so he helped a lot with that," she said. "Our bond is really good, so it makes me sad to know as much as I'm looking for him, he's probably looking for me."

Christiansen said she's not the only one who misses Tater.

"He's missed by my whole family, and all my friends that have come to really adore him," she said.

Christiansen's not the only one on the lookout for Tater.

Many people have been supportive, sharing her posts and sending her messages of possible sightings, she said. She's shared information online and put up posters all over town, doing everything she can to get the word out.

He is a gray tabby cat. He's neutered but because it was done at an early age, she said, it's hard to tell. He may be skittish without her.

She's asking anyone who might have seen Tater to send her a photo if possible, and call or text her at 715-220-6211.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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