Elise Xavier

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Uncommon Opinion: I Think It's Important to Train Pet Cats

A lot of people seem to think cats cannot be trained. Before I had my own cat, I never really thought this through, but since the only cats I’d ever …

House Cat in Europe or the UK? How Do You Deal With Windows?

If you live in Europe or the UK, you probably don’t need any explanation with regards to what I’m talking about after having read the title of this …

Bringing Nature Indoors: Cat Trees & Condos With Leaves

It can be more than a little difficult finding pet products cute enough to qualify as essentially decorative pieces for your home. Cat furniture is …

How Much Attention Do Cats Need? Do They Need More If Kept Inside?

If you’re curious about this topic, chances are you’re either looking to adopt a new pet cat or you’re worried about the neediness of one that’s …

My Cat Bites, Then Licks Me: Why? What Does It Mean?

Cats engage in some pretty peculiar behaviours: they have an almost insatiable itch to scratch, they love kneading things (and even people!) with …

New Knives in 2018? The Knife World’s Changed & Not For the Better

When Elise and I started MTJS, I began by reviewing my extensive Spyderco collection. Over the years, due to constant bugging by you lot, I started …

Knives

Cat Love Toy Balls? Roll With It! 11 Varieties to Keep Kitty Interested

The only cat I know who absolutely does not care for toy balls is my own. My mother’s, my brother’s, even my friend’s cat whom I house sat for over a …

How Many Teeth Do Kittens Have? Do Adult Cats Have More?

When we as humans are very little, we start out our lives growing in a set of small, adorable baby teeth, 20 of them in total. Nearly every adult …

Sheaffer NoNonsense Calligraphy Fountain Pen Review

The Sheaffer NoNonsense line has been around since the 1980’s and has been a mainstay of budget conscious students everywhere.<p>I snapped up my own …

I'm Not Happy About It, But I Hate My Cat: What Can I Do?

Relationships with pets can be stressful and they’re definitely not always easy. While it’s certainly not very common to hear stories about extreme …

Oxford Black n' Red "Red" A5 Journal Review

Oxford is a well known brand of stationary in the UK. Growing up, it was basically the standard at school, and whilst it’s not known for catering to …

MacBook Air

Platinum Carbon Desk Fountain Pen Review

The Platinum Carbon Desk Pen is a mainstay of the artistic world: inexpensive and predictable. It’s found in the pencil cases of illustrators …

Can Cats Eat Dog Food? Is It Safe: 1. As a Main Diet? 2. Occasionally?

If you’ve ever wondered to yourself whether cats can eat dog food – you’re certainly not alone!<p>I feel like this has to be a common curiosity whether …

For Mothers of Cats, Dogs, & Dragons: Game of Thrones Pet Names

I was <i>so disappointed</i> when I found out that Game of Thrones wouldn’t be returning until 2019! Needless to say, I’ve been in a bit of a withdrawal, …

How Fast Can House Cats Run? Top Speed VS Humans? VS Dogs?

I’ve spoken about just how high house cats can jump in an article before. Spoiler alert: It’s really stinkin’ high, and if you compare a cat’s jump …

When Do Cats Stop Growing? At What Age Are Kittens Full Grown?

You might think it’d be a simple thing to hazard a guess at what age a cat will reach its full growth potential, finally hitting the point where he …

Prepper Lessons: What Mistakes Have You Made & Learned From?

While I haven’t been prepping for very long in comparison to most of you, I’d like to think I’ve learned quite a lot over the years through mistakes …

Elise

For Small Spaces & Apartment Life: Narrow Cat Trees, Thin & Tall

One of the toughest parts of life in a small apartment with a house cat is that space is a premium and likely won’t be something you have in spades. …

How Often Do You Change the Gear You Everyday Carry?

My personal EDC habits, especially in terms of how often I swap in and out the things I carry, have changed considerably over the years. I know there …

Elise

Why Does My Cat Run Away From Me? Can I Change This?

If you’ve ever gone toward a cat in an attempt to pet or hold it, had it take one look at you and hurl itself running in the opposite direction – …

Pets

Canada Essentially Bans the Import of Every Folding Knife In Existence…

The insane have taken over the asylum folks. The geniuses over at the Canada Border Services Agency decided that they weren’t going to let the United …

Genius

I Think My Cat Hates Me: Does He? Why? How Can I Fix This?

It’s one thing to joke about cats hating you, and quite another when you suspect your own cat genuinely has it in for you. Cats are not the easiest …

Behavior

Stinky Litter? Here's How to Keep a Cat Litter Box From Smelling

It takes a lot more to prevent litter box smells than regular cleaning. <i>Of course</i> cleaning a litter box frequently is important, not just for keeping …

Wing Sung 698 Piston-Filler Fountain Pen Review

I absolutely love snapping up budget pens in the under $25 range because they universally have at least one feature that is super impressive, while …

Doodling

My Cat Wants Way Too Much Attention! Why? What Can I Do?

While cats as a species have developed something of a reputation for being stand-offish and even at times cold, this reputation is nowhere near true …

Pets

December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

When it comes to gear, I feel I have settled into a groove. I rarely experiment with tobacco these days (same with the pipes) and just stick to what …

Tobacco

Wait - Is That Cabinet a Kitty Restroom? Hidden Cat Litter Boxes I Adore

There are a lot of cat products I’m waiting to move to a house to try out: massive cat jungle gyms, automatic litter boxes, a plethora of electronic …

Pets

Cat Snoring: Why Do Cats Snore? Is It Normal? Are Snoring Cats Sick?

Snoring is <i>very</i> common in the human world. It would never be odd or out of place to hear a wife complaining about her husband’s snoring keeping her up …

Pets

Wondering Why Cats Are So Incredibly Lazy? Here's the Reason

There’s a fact about cats that’s very well-internalized by we-who-have-cats-in-our-homes: they sleep <i>a lot</i>. And no, I don’t mean sleepyhead human …

Pets

Is Catnip Safe for Cats & Kittens? Can They Eat It? Is It Ever Unsafe?

Concerned about catnip? Not quite sure if it’s perfectly safe? Feel unsure about feeding it to your cat and want to confirm there are no side-effects …