BlogPaws 2016 Recap + Giveaway

BlogPaws 2016

I had a chance to attend the BlogPaws pet blogging conference a few months ago. It was on my home turf, about 30 minutes from my house. I was excited to see what was new in the pet blogging world, especially for gluten-free cat products. As you might know, my house is a 100% gluten-free household, and that includes the fur kids. I’ve got two of them, if you don’t follow me on Instagram and see them on the regular. They’re pretty much awesome.  I blogged a lot of the conference on Terrible Murph’s new Instagram account. You can either follow his account, or check out the hashtag #TerribleMurph on social media to find him.


Clearly, I was most excited just to meet some new cat friends and pet some felines.



BlogPaws 2016

So I kind of fell in love with this Taco Meoow Cat Bed. I entered the raffle for a giveaway, and I really had my fingers crossed for this, but I’m thankful that I won something – and especially that I won something the cats actually love. Let’s face it, I’d probably get more use out of the cat bed than they would – for SnapChat purposes.


Honestly, the cats were just excited that they had a bag full of treats just for them.
The fur babies both really liked these Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers. It’s freeze dried shelf-stable chicken-based gluten-free nuggets. They liked they dry as treats, but you can also use them on top of food as well.

Fresh Wave is a line of odor-control products that are natural, and free from super offensive odors, like many pet products. They make everything from pet shampoo, to laundry products, to candles. We used a few odor remover products in our cabinets where our garbage can is too!

I think I was most excited to hang out with Weruva! Our cats are super obsessed with their wet food. Weruva products are gluten-free and super high-end, good enough for humans to eat (but the fur kids eat it before we can even sample). They’re obsessed with the BFF line from Weruva (Best Friends Food). We’ve had many interventions, but it’s just a thing now. Every night. They meow until they get their Turkey Tickles or Tuna Charm Me (cute names, right?). We buy a LOT of this product. I am hoping to work with this company before Murphy and his never ending hunger eat me out of house and home (and electrical cords on my Macbook). When you see me rave about this product, know that it’s because it’s pretty much what we buy in bulk for our little ones. BUT SERIOUSLY, WILL WORK FOR WERUVA CAT FOOD. 

Weruva also just launched a grain-free litter, and we’re excited to try it. Unfortunately, none of my cats were there to poop real time, and since I didn’t feel like pooping in the litter box provided – we’ll have to see its effectiveness when we get a product sample. Don’t worry, I’ll let Murphy take care of the product trial for me. 

BlogPaws 2016

It’s nice to take a break from food blogging, or blogging about life-long autoimmune conditions to focus on my gluten-free family – two fur babies that are as precious to me as children. Especially since I probably should never actually procreate. One Erica is enough for the world, and perhaps one Terrible Murphy is enough too – but I’ll take advantage of every minute I get to spend with him and Mushu.

If you’re a pet blogger, next year’s BlogPaws conference will be in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!

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Comments: 14

  1. Cassie August 11, 2016 at 5:30 am Reply

    I attended one of your breakout sessions at the Minneapolis Gluten Free Allergy Fest (can’t remember the full name) and you mentioned that your pests should be eating gluten free. We switched our cat food right away after that! She seems to enjoy it as she did with her other food. 🙂

    • Cassie August 11, 2016 at 5:31 am Reply

      Pets* not pests!

  2. Jeffrey August 11, 2016 at 2:36 pm Reply

    We have two kittens that we adopted earlier this year, they are brothers that were left at birth. My wife has to buy certain food because their stomachs are quite sensitive and they will have gastrointestinal problems otherwise.

  3. Karen Adams August 11, 2016 at 11:12 pm Reply

    My chihuahua has a sensitive stomach. I try and get her foods and treats without gluten,soy,fillers etc. It has helped so much since switching her over. We also have a outdoor neighborhood cat we take care of. I have him on Hills Science right now and he seems to be adjusting well to that

  4. Jessica August 14, 2016 at 7:50 pm Reply

    My poor kitty, Lyla, has a very sensitive stomach (like her mommy) and has been to the ER a few times due to severe constipation. We monitor her every day. At our vet’s recommendation she is currently eating a gluten free kibble, pumpkin, and prescribed meds. I love this little one like a child, so we always do whatever it takes to make her feel good.

  5. DJ August 15, 2016 at 7:45 am Reply

    I have 3 kitties that all have a sensitive stomach when it comes to grains and gluten.

  6. Amy Orvin August 16, 2016 at 3:07 pm Reply

    I have 4 cats and none of them have food sensitivities. They just love to eat all day long!!

  7. MomLuvsSPORTZ August 16, 2016 at 9:00 pm Reply

    My furbaby is a rescue! I feed her the best all natural foods and snacks!

  8. Elle August 17, 2016 at 9:38 am Reply

    My cat isn’t picky about flavors or texture and always eats what is given to him and thankfully doesn’t have any digestive reactions. I only buy good quality food with a protein as the first ingredient and try to buy grain free as much as possible.

  9. Paige August 17, 2016 at 11:22 am Reply

    My cat Baba Ganoush is a Maine Coon who is a little elderly now but still loves to play. I try to avoid feeding her gluten and get her food that is grain free… she seems to enjoy it better! She loves treats. What cat doesn’t?? 🙂

  10. Bonnijean Marley August 18, 2016 at 9:16 am Reply

    My cats require an indoor formula. My daughter’s cats have special diet needs also.

  11. Stephanie August 22, 2016 at 8:27 am Reply

    Our dogs don’t have any special diets (luckily!). Our cats are on an indoor formula cause our Frankie needs to loose a couple of pounds <3

  12. Staci A August 22, 2016 at 11:35 am Reply

    Yes! We usually get our pets grain-free food. It seems to agree better with their bellies and I don’t have to worry if my youngest (with lots of food allergies) touches it.

  13. kimberly l ledford August 24, 2016 at 11:00 am Reply

    We have 4 dogs and 2 cats…down from 9 animals….we love them all and thankfully they don’t have food/dietary issues but I do try to be consistent with their brand so they dont get upset stomachs.

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