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Top tips to avoid Cold & Flu season!

KEEP THE COLD OUT THIS WINTER WITH COLDZYME MOUTH SPRAY 

  • Revolutionary mouth spray targets the cause of the cold, not just the symptoms
  • Can help reduce the duration of a cold when used prophylactically

As cold and flu season approaches, protect yourself this winter with the ground-breaking ColdZyme® Mouth Spray. The product is unique in that it fights the cause of the common cold – the cold virus. ColdZyme® Mouth Spray is easy to use and begins working immediately by forming a protective barrier in the throat, where the cold virus takes hold and multiplies, protecting you from infection. ColdZyme® can help shorten the duration of illness if used prophylactically.

Whilst other over the counter remedies seek to alleviate the symptoms of the cold, ColdZyme® targets the virus itself to shorten the duration of the illness. ColdZyme® Mouth Spray is used in the oral cavity and throat, and begins working immediately by forming a protective barrier on the mucous membrane. The barrier acts osmotically on the cold viruses, trapping them and preventing them from binding with human cells, helping the body to remove them naturally.

The effect of ColdZyme® has been investigated in COLDPREV – a blinded, placebo-controlled study under advice from a UK expert in respiratory disease, Professor Sebastian Johnston from Imperial College, London. This study was conducted on 46 volunteers who were all infected with the most common virus that causes the common cold. Half of the volunteers received ColdZyme® the other half received a placebo product. The study showed that ColdZyme® reduced the virus load among infected by more than 99% compared with the placebo. Moreover, it was shown among those catching a cold, the duration of the symptoms was also reduced (from 6.5 days to 3 days).

Leading media medic, Dr Dawn Harper, in conjunction with ColdZyme which fights the cause of the common cold, have compiled a few tips that I thought might be of interest for you?

Dr Harper’s Top Tips are:

  • Wash your hands regularly – contrary to popular belief, most coughs and colds are spread by hand contact not by coughs and sneezes, so simply keeping your hands clean will go a long way to protecting yourself.
  • Wash down surfaces and door handles – the viruses that cause colds can survive for several hours outside the human body.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables to keep your immune system in good shape. Vitamin C and zinc are vital for a healthy immune system. Zinc is found in red meat, beans and fortified cereals, whilst foods rich in vitamin C include fruits such as oranges and strawberries and vegetables such as peppers, kale and broccoli.
  • Make sure you get into a good sleep routine. When we sleep our immune system repairs itself, so chronic sleep deprivation can make you prone to infections.
  • Manage your stress levels. Try to prioritise and delegate where possible as stress can play havoc with your immune system.
  • Consider using anti-viral tissues and keep them in your bag or on your desk if those around you have a cold to minimise the spread of the virus and make sure that tissues are put straight in the bin.
  • Use ColdZyme, a revolutionary mouth spray which targets the cause of the common cold and is clinically documented to help reduce the duration of a cold

 

 Look out for this products in store that maybe useful for you, but always be sure to read the leaflets before use.

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ColdZyme® is suitable for use by adults and children from the ages of four and upwards. ColdZyme® can help shorten the duration of a cold, when used prophylactically. If you do not have any symptoms of a cold but are likely to be exposed to the cold virus, for example when someone near you has a cold, spray 2 puffs (1 dose) ColdZyme®  into the throat every two hours up to 6 times a day while you are exposed to the cold virus.

ColdZyme® is available from Boots, Lloyd’s Pharmacy and independent pharmacies nationwide, with an RRP of £15.99 for a 20ml bottle (effective treatment for three colds, or fifty five doses), and £9.99 for a 7ml bottle, for protection on the go.

* I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of the review, However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Healthy Home Hacks: Essential Considerations When You’ve Got Children And Pets

If you’ve got children and pets, keeping your home clean and tidy may seem like a never-ending mission. It’s lovely to have cuddly creatures around, but keeping pets can cause havoc, especially when you’ve got little ones too. If you’re a parent and a pet lover, here are some helpful hacks.

Cleaning tips

Pets are wonderful. But they can make the job of keeping your home clean that much more difficult. Dogs and cats tend to malt, especially in the spring and summer months. They‘re also guilty of leaving muddy footprints on the floorboards and carpets. If you have pets, make sure you clean your home on a regular basis. Vacuuming is essential, especially if you have a long-haired dog or cat. Try and keep pets out of your bedrooms, and mop floors and wipe surfaces frequently.

Dealing with unwanted visitors

We all love our pets. But they may not be flavour of the month when you wake up with tiny itchy bites all over you. It’s not your dog or cat’s fault, of course. But fleas can be a real pain. Look out for signs of a flea infestation, such as your pet scratching, or bites on your skin. You may also be able to spot faeces on your bed linen. If you see tiny specks of black on your covers, comb your pet immediately. It’s easy to mistake flea bites for bed bugs. If your pet doesn’t have fleas, bed bugs may be the issue. If you’re tackling fleas, ask your vet for advice. It’s often better to pay more for medication than to use cheaper remedies available in pet stores. If you’re trying to get rid of bed bugs, your best option may be to call a firm that offers pest control services. Make sure you vacuum your home top to bottom and put sheets and towels on a hot wash.

Allergies

It’s fairly common for children to have allergies to pet fur and dust. If your child has severe allergies, you may need to consider looking for a new home for your pet. In the case of mild allergies, you can often alleviate symptoms by keeping on top of vacuuming and grooming your pet on a regular basis. Keep pets out of the rooms in which your child spends long periods of time, such as their bedroom. If you’re worried about allergies, see your doctor. It may be that your child has an allergy to something else. If your child has symptoms such as sneezing, wheezing or itchy skin patches, you may be encouraged to keep a diary. This will help to identify potential triggers.

If you have pets and children, you probably have a hectic schedule. You may not always have time to deep clean your home. But it’s advisable to take steps to make sure your home is as a clean and tidy as possible. Vacuuming is incredibly important when you have pets, as they malt. Keep on top of vet checks, and keep your eyes peeled for pest problems. If you’re worried about your child having an allergy to pets, arrange an appointment with your GP.

A Draining Experience: Research To Do Before Giving Blood

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Giving blood is a brilliant thing to do. Your decision to give could save someone else’s life. But there are a few things you should know before heading to your local blood bank.

Why Give Blood?

Donated blood saves lives. There are many people alive today who wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for generous blood donors. It is important that health services maintain their supplies so that they are well stocked if anyone needs an emergency transfusion. The main components of blood are red cells, plasma and platelets. They can be used to treat a huge array of different illnesses and conditions. However, the shelf life on blood is limited. Red blood cells can be stored for up to 35 days and platelets can be stored for up to 7 days. Supplies of these need to be topped up regularly. Plasma has more longevity and can be stored for up to three years.

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Requirements To Give Blood

Not everybody can give blood. You have to be fit and healthy and fit a few specific requirements. Use a Doctor App to gain advice as to whether you’d be an eligible candidate and to keep on top of your health. Here are a few basic rules when it comes to whether you can give blood or not.

Age

To give blood, you need to be between 17 and 65 years of age. Children and the elderly cannot give blood, but they can receive it if they are in need of it. If you are female and under 20 years of age and weigh less than 10st 3 lb (65kg), it is likely that you will have your blood volume tested to check that you are able to donate.

Weight

You need to weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) to give blood.

Sexual Activity

There are strict restrictions on donating when you engage in certain sexual activities. You cannot give blood or blood platelets:

If you are a man who has engaged in anal or oral sexual activity with a man in the past 12 months.

If you are a woman who has sex with a man who has ever had oral or anal sex with another man.

If you are, or have a partner who is, HIV positive, a hepatitis B carrier, a hepatitis C carrier or HTLV positive.

If you or your partner has ever received money or drugs for sex.

If you or a partner have ever injected drugs. These include tanning agents and body building drugs or steroids.

If you or your partner have been sexually active in parts of the world where HIV and AIDS are common.

Groups That Should Especially Consider Giving

There’s a shortage of certain blood types, so it’s an especially good idea for individuals with these types to consider giving. Find out if you have a rare blood type here. If you are black, asian or of any other minority ethnicity, patients of the same background are especially in need of donations. Minority communities tend to have higher levels of certain blood sub-types. The majority of donors are also over 45, so it’s important that younger people start to donate more too. If you have O Rh blood, you are gifted. Your blood can be used to treat anyone of any blood type. This blood type is rare but definitely something that should be donated if you have it.

Remember, Remember: Safety Tips To Make Sure Your Bonfire Night Is A Cracker

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Remember, remember the fifth of November. But that’s not all you need to keep in mind. If you’re hosting bonfire night at home, there’s a lot more that you’ll be having to think about than just keeping the date free. The key to keeping your bonfire night lit is to make lots of preparations. This isn’t only important for keeping everyone happy and entertained, but for yours and your guests’ safety too.

Safety First

Bonfire night is full of sparkle, light and flames. It’s beautiful to watch. But you need to bear everyone’s safety in mind throughout the entire night. No matter how great your party is, it’s not going to be remembered as a fun night if someone gets hurt. So here are a few precautions that you might like to take.

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Fireworks

If you have fireworks, keep them well out of the way until they’re being used. Make sure that your garden is big enough to host guests and a firework display at the same time. Make sure that the fireworks are lit far from your guests and that they are pointed directly up before being lit. You don’t want a skyrocket hurtling into a crowd of family and friends. If a firework has been lit but hasn’t gone off, leave it well alone. It could just be taking its time. If not, call a professional to remove it. It’s best to avoid it going off in your hand. Buy your fireworks from a trusted source. Online deals might be cheaper, but it’s best to make sure they’re coming from a reliable, trusted and tested source.

Earplugs

Fireworks are noisy. That’s part of the appeal. But remember you need to look after your ears. Nobody wants to go home with burst eardrums. Use the best ear plugs possible throughout the night. Distribute them amongst your guests or advise them to bring their own. These will protect even the most sensitive of ears and ensure there are no tears as the fireworks explode in the sky.

Sparklers

Kids love sparklers. They come in classic white or multicolour, and you can use them to draw out pictures, shapes and words in the night air. They’re cheap and relatively safe, as long as they’re used correctly. Always supervise children when they’re using sparklers. Ensure that they are wearing gloves, in case small sparks hit their hands. Also, make sure that there is a bucket of water ready to put the burnt out sparkler sticks in.

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Bonfires

The bonfire. The huge centrepiece of the party. Many local councils have cancelled bonfires due to health and safety hazards. But a reasonable correctly made bonfire in your garden shouldn’t pose a threat. Just don’t get too excited. Make sure that the bonfire is controlled and away from fences which could catch alight. Make sure there are barriers all around it to prevent young children from getting too close. Also, make sure that any pets are indoors before lighting the bonfire. At the end of the night, make sure that it is properly extinguished before going to bed.

Wedding Fashion: How To Look Stylish Whatever The Weather

Summer wedding season may be over. But that doesn’t mean that aren’t occasions to attend. Many people choose to hold their big day in the autumn and winter months. Crisp blue skies, colourful leaves, and snow-covered landscapes make for beautifully romantic scenes. If you’ve been invited to a wedding in the coming months, you may be wondering what to wear. Don’t panic. These styling tips will help you to look the part whatever the weather.

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What to buy

If you’re going to a wedding in the summer, it can be much easier to plan an outfit. Most people tend to go for dresses or skirts. Bright colours and light fabrics are the order of the day. In the cooler months, putting an outfit together can be tricky. You want to look great. But you also want to be warm and comfortable. When temperatures fall, think about opting for thicker materials and autumnal shades. Jewel tones, metallics, and bold colours like pillar box red work well. You can still wear dresses and skirts, but think about the conditions. You may want to add a jacket or a coat. You could also consider going for a long-sleeved dress and adding tights. If you’re wearing a patterned skirt, keep your eyes peeled for plain bodies with sleeves.

Dressing for a wedding doesn’t necessarily mean wearing a long skirt or a dress. There may be other options you wish to consider. If it’s a less formal event, you may prefer to wear trousers. You could choose a chic suit or go for a jumpsuit.

Where to shop

Choosing an outfit for a wedding is made all the more difficult when you consider that hundreds of other people are doing exactly the same thing. You don’t want to turn up in exactly the same dress and shoes as another guest. Try and be original when you’re designing your ensemble, and avoid popular retailers. If you can, shop online, or visit independent retailers like Frox of Falkirk. Another option is to look for styles and pieces you like and then ask a dressmaker to create a similar version with customised touches.

Cold weather wedding essentials

When it’s chilly outside, or there’s a risk of rain, it’s important to have all bases covered. If you’re going to a winter wedding, don’t forget to check the forecast. You may need a coat, or a shawl to throw over your shoulders. Take an umbrella with you. If there’s walking involved, and you want to wear heels for the ceremony, take a pair of flats with you.

Weddings are wonderful events. You have the opportunity to spend time with friends and family and be part of a special and unique celebration. When the weather is unpredictable, it can be tough to choose what to wear. Hopefully, these tips will help you to put together a stylish, comfortable outfit suitable for sun, rain or snow. Have fun shopping, try on different styles, and don’t be afraid to go for something a little bit different.

The Essential Elements of a Marriage Proposal

Proposing to your partner, whether they’re a man or a woman, can be anything you want it to be. Some people plan elaborate occasions and even invite friends and family to watch. Others propose over a glass of wine on the sofa at home. Sometimes a proposal might be meticulously planned, while other times it’s spontaneous. However, much of the time there is some planning involved. There are some key elements to most proposals if you’re planning a romantic affair. Think carefully about the things below before you decide on the big moment.

The Answer

Proposals can be brilliant surprises, but there’s one thing you don’t want to be a surprise. Asking someone to marry you and having them say no is not going to be great for your relationship. Even if you’re pretty sure your partner will say yes, you need to be approaching 100% certain, if not actually there. The main thing to remember is that you should have discussed marriage before. If you’ve never mentioned it and talked about your feelings relating to it, it’s not a great time to propose. You should know about each other’s feelings on marriage in general and in relation to each other.

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The Location

If you’re certain the proposal is a good idea, you need to consider when and where to do it. The location is a lot more important than some people think. It doesn’t have to be on top of the Eiffel Tower or by the Grand Canyon. In fact, the main thing to think about is how public it is. There are many people who would hate a public proposal and feel like they’ve been put on the spot. Even if they definitely say yes, they may not want to have witnesses to their answer. Before you choose a public place or invite anyone else to watch, think about how your partner will feel.

The Ring

For some couples, an engagement ring (or rings) is no longer important. However, many still want to have a ring for one or both of them. When it comes to proposals, the ring can be a surprise or it can be something the couple chooses together. You can browse sites like Tacori or go shopping for rings in person. If you’re buying a surprise ring, you need to tread carefully. You might know your partner’s tastes very well. However, if you don’t, you could ask for hints, either from them or from their friends.

The Words

What you say when you propose could be the most important part. However, for some couples, it’s everything else that matters more. A simple “will you marry me?” is all you really need. But you might want to come up with some other words to say, to elaborate on your reasons for proposing. You don’t necessarily have to come up with a rehearsed speech, though. Just say what comes naturally and leave the rest for the wedding.

Your proposal doesn’t have to follow a set formula, but there are still some issues you can consider. You should create an experience you’re both happy with.

Computer Says No – The Most Annoying Things About Home Technology And What To Do About Them

Have you ever seen 2001 a space odyssey, where the computer that controls everything goes a bit nuts and starts refusing requests? Well unless you are super tech savvy our own homes can feel a bit like that sometimes. Despite our best efforts nothing seems to work the way it should. But don’t worry it’s not just you, some fairly common problems happen to us all. Read on to find out how to fix them.

Your TV picture is awful

Probably one of the most frustrating things about technology in our home is when we can’t get a good quality TV picture. TV’s aren’t cheap so you wouldn’t expect to be dogged by a bad image in this day and age.

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Unfortunately, the picture quality is rarely anything to do with the TV itself. Most TV’s are in HD now so than means there are more pixels than even our eyes can recognize. So the problem usually lies with your reception. A good solution to this is to speak to a profession aerial installation company. They can install an antenna on your property that will help boost your signal giving you a better quality picture.

Some people choose to go with satellite or cable TV to resolve this problem as well.

Your Printer is being ignorant

How many of us have faced that situation? Where our printer connected wirelessly to your PC yesterday, but now it acting like it doesn’t exist. It’s as if they have has a massive fight and the printer is playing the ‘i’m ignoring your game.’

If you have switched it off and on again several times, then the next thing to do is check out the website of the brand that makes your printer. They may have a solution or even a patch that will help correct the error. In some cases, they may be able to offer telephone support or ask you to return the machine for repairs. Or you could just use a cable? Jus saying.

You internet likes to cut out – a lot

If you are having trouble with a wobbly internet connection, it can be pretty annoying, especially if you work at home. Use your PC’s settings to see if you can repair the connection. But if it is happening regularly then it is worthwhile speaking to your internet provider.

Remember that they sell their products partly on the speed of the connection in all those flashy adverts. So you are well within your right to complain if yours is not performing. Sometimes resetting it from their end is all that is needed to clear the problem.

You can’t get a mobile phone signal in your home

Another super annoying issue if you discover, you can’t get a cell phone signal in your new home. As most people rely on their mobiles these days, it’s not on to have to go to the bottom of the garden or hang out the bathroom window just to be able to send a text.

Luckily most providers will give you a free booster box, which connects to your WIFI, which will allow you to use your phone as normal.

Getting The Party Started At Your Wedding: How To Compile The Perfect Playlist

It’s your big day, and you can’t wait to celebrate with all your closest friends and family. Once the I do’s are out of the way, it’s time to turn your attention to getting the party started. You want everyone to have a fabulous time and let their hair down. So how can you make sure that the dance floor is rocking all night long? Here are some tips to help you create the perfect wedding reception playlist.

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Old favourites and wedding classics

No matter how cutting edge your music tastes, wedding classics should be a staple of every celebration. You know the ones. Those tunes that are guaranteed to get everyone out of their seats and onto their feet. We’re thinking the Abba or Dirty Dancing megamixes. Or anything by Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder or the Spice Girls. Old-school crowd-pleasers like Oasis’ Wonderwall are also a good shout.

Personal favourites

It’s your wedding day, so make sure you include a few tracks that are important to you as a couple. Perhaps you’ve got memories of holidays, or songs you used to play over and over again when you started dating. You could also include songs that hold special meaning for your friends and families. Do you have a song that was on everywhere on your stag or hen do? Is there a tune that brings back memories of when you were younger or something you always sing when you get together for family events?

Chart-toppers

If you’ve got children or teenagers at your wedding, throwing in a few recent chart-toppers is guaranteed to go down well. If you’re not sure what’s hot at the moment, consult with your DJ. Firms like We R DJs can help you to plan and personalise your playlist to suit all your guests.

Requests

It’s a fantastic idea to get your guests involved in planning your playlist. One easy way to do this is to ask for song requests on your RSVP slips. If you have a wedding website, you can also ask guests to post suggestions online. If you liaise with your DJ, you may also be able to add a few requests on the night.

Slow jams

There are certain tunes, like Mr Brightside and Jump Around that are guaranteed to get everyone bouncing. But it’s also a good idea to include some slow jams. It is a wedding after all, and it’s all about sharing the love. Drop in a couple of gentler tunes to give your guests chance to recover and create a more romantic vibe.

There’s nothing like a good wedding party to send people home in high spirits. If you’re planning your wedding, take a bit of time to think about what to put on your playlist. Go for a mixture of old and new. Add some personal touches, and invite your guests to send in requests. Think about songs that will get everyone dancing, but don’t forget to add a little romance too. Ask your DJ for suggestions and don’t be afraid to embrace the old cliches. There’s a reason they get played at almost every wedding in the country!

Planning A Revamp? Home Improvements That Are Worth The Investment

When you’re planning a revamp at home, you usually have to use both your head and your heart. You may want to make changes, but they do make financial sense? If you’re thinking of doing some DIY or you’re keen to renovate or refurbish, here are some home improvements that are worth the investment.

Windows and doors

Are you thinking of selling in the near future? Or are you concerned about your own expenses? If so, replacing windows and doors is often beneficial. If you have single glazing, or your windows and doors are old, it may be worth investigating new and improved versions. Some people looking for a new home may be put off by shabby window frames or single glazing. Investing in new models will also save you money on your energy bills, as your home will be more efficient. If you search online, you’ll be able to find companies like Poplar Home Improvements, for example. Once you’ve got contact details, you can arrange some visits, and compare quotes.

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Modern kitchen

If you surveyed a group of buyers, you’d probably find that the kitchen is a priority for most. These days, many of us use the kitchen for a range of purposes, and it acts as the heart of the home. If your kitchen is dated or cramped, investing in a new and improved room will always pay dividends. If you have limited space, there may be ways of creating a larger room. You could extend into the back garden, or knock a wall down and turn two separate spaces into an open plan kitchen. There are hundreds of different designs and styles out there, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve a beautiful result. Take a look through some magazines and check out interior websites to get some ideas. Take photographs or cuttings of looks you like and piece together a design in your mind.

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Roof repairs

Have you got damp ceilings? Can you see holes in the roof or a few missing tiles? If so, it’s always best to remedy roofing issues as quickly as possible. If there are problems, they’ll only get worse with time. You’ll be at risk of leaks and damp, and potential buyers may be put off if you decide to sell. When you’re looking for roofing firms, ask colleagues, friends, and family for recommendations. You’ll find local companies in telephone directories or by searching online.

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Extensions

Have you outgrown your home? If so, it may be possible to add an extension. Extending your home will add value, and give you an alternative to moving if you love your current property. You’ll need to call some building firms and get an idea of costs, timeframe, and planning constraints. Once you have drawings, you can submit an application to your local council.

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Are you thinking of making some changes at home? If so, it’s advisable to think about your finances, as well as aesthetics and practical concerns. If you’re spending a lot of money, you need to make sure that it’ll be worthwhile if you decide to move on further down the line. Hopefully, this list will help you to create a beautiful home and make sound investments.

Why Exotic Pets Bring Challenges – And How To Live Up To Them!

It’s often said that we Brits are a nation of animal lovers. Which is probably true, but is also a little weird. There aren’t many nations across the world where people don’t keep pets. However, one thing that is true is that we spend a lot of money on our pets. Survey after survey shows that we spend, as a nation, billions of pounds a year looking after them. And we don’t resent a penny.

One thing that is even more interesting is the wide range of pets that are kept in homes. Walk into any vet surgery around the country, and there’ll be price lists on the wall for treatment of various pets. Dogs, of course. Cats, yes. Rabbits and guinea pigs, naturally. But read further down, and you’ll see more and more exotic ones. Including an increasingly wide range of exotic birds.

If we’re a nation of animal lovers, it’s a broad and all-encompassing love. We love our cats and dogs, and food is widely available for them in supermarkets and local stores. But walk into a supermarket and ask where they keep the parrot food – they’ll look at you as though your words had been spoken by the parrot itself. You need to go further and wider to find the right stuff.

Why It’s Harder To Look After Exotic Pets

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You’ll remember clearly the moment you saw a hand raised Eclectus for sale. The excitement of knowing that you could have one of nature’s most colourful, entertaining birds in your home. The determination to get it before anyone else swooped in. The dawning realisation that it wasn’t going to be child’s play to look after it. If you live near to a large pet store it’s a bit easier – but a lot of us spend hours comparison shopping to find the right items online. If it’s worth paying for a pet, it’s worth paying for the right items to look after it.

Why We Love Exotic Birds

Parrots are a favourite pet for many reasons, not least their colourful plumage. Shades of blue, red and orange that you’re just not going to get with a cat. Unless you dye it – and good luck with that, because they won’t be happy with you.

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Added to that, there’s the talking thing. It never stops being amusing when a parrot picks up on something you’ve said. And keeps repeating it – so just make sure you don’t gossip too much when the parrot is within earshot.

What Do They Eat?

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Although a lot of people will treat their birds like domestic garden birds and feed them seed, most parrots will not be keen on this. In the wild, they are arboreal creatures and prefer fruit and nuts. Pay heed – you may be tempted to buy rejected fruit from a local grocer. If you want your eclectus to thrive you should be feeding it fruit you’d be happy to eat yourself.

Exotic, exciting birds make excellent pets, as long as you are prepared to put the work in to look after them. They may not be as welcoming when you come home from work, but they’ll certainly know who you are. And if you care for them well, they’ll come to love you too.