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Virtual Pets - Adopt a Cat, Dog, Rabbit or Fish Online

Do your kids want a virtual pet, or "cyberpet"? The handheld digital pet Tamagotchi was invented in 1996 and became very popular, but now, the virtual pets can live in your computer instead!

There are several websites for children where they can adopt a pet.

Neopets.comNeopets.com is very popular. You can have up to four cyberpets per account, and you feed them and buy them toys, clothes and other accessories. In order to afford this, you need to earn Neopoints by trading or playing games. Marapets.comAnother vitual pet website is Marapets.com. Here, you can take care of a virtual pet that someone else has abandoned, or create your own, new pet. You can even send your pet to school! Marapet is a community where you can join forums or participate in contests. You can also play dress-up games with dolls. Moshimonsters.comAt Moshimonsters, you do not adopt and care for an ordinary pet like a cat, dog, fish, rabbit or monkey, but a monster! You can then get a home for your monster in Monstro City, and show it off to the world! To buy food and other stuff for you virtual monster, you need Rox, the currency of Monstro City. You can earn money by solving puzzles.
FoopetsAt Foopets.com, you adopt a very realistic looking abandoned cat or dog from a shelter. Some cats and dogs cost about 20 USD to adopt, but there are also a few you can adopt for free. You can play with balls or a frisbee, or feed your new pet.

At Furry Paws you adopt a virtual dog and then train, feed and show it. They have over 190 dog breeds to choose from.

In the virtual world Shidonni.com, children play with animals that they draw online - a combination of Windows Paint and a virtual pets world. You can also draw food and clothes for your pet. You can even play games with your friends.

Club Penguin is another kids community and virtual world website where you can adopt a pet or "puffle" for your penguin. Free memberships are available at Club Penguin, but in order to adopt a “puffle”, you need a subscribed membership. Read more about Club Penguin on Wikipedia.


Webkinz.comWebkinz.com is also a virtual pet community, but in order to create an account here, you first need to buy a real, physical stuffed animal. You then get to adopt its virtual counterpart online by using the 8-character code that is included with the toy. To get money to care for your virtual Webkinz pet, you can get a job such as making hamburgers, painting fences etc. Read more about Webkinz on Cnet.com.

Webkinz stuffed toys can be purchased at Amazon.com. Below, you can see a selection of cute Webkinz:








Webkinz Valentine Monkey

Plush Stuffed Animal Emperor Dragon


Webkinz Chocolate Lab



Adopting an online pet is mostly for fun, but some people think that caring for an online animal can also be educational and help children prepare for the task and responsibility of caring for a real pet.

Another way to use online virtual worlds for kids in an educational fashion is to register for an account at Handipoints. On Handipoints, kids have to complete the chore charts that parents set up for them in order to buy cool stuff for their cyberpets.


Written February 2, 2009


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User Reviews & Comments

08/27/2014 mayna*123
this is beautiful game I WILL STOP PLAYING THIS WHEN NOT BEAUTIFUL GAME

05/07/2012 jasmine
moshi monsters is so fun and i love it but its prettyboring when your not a member

02/20/2012 nich
Foo is terrible and nw its full of errors

02/20/2012 nich
Foo is terrible and nw its full of errors

02/19/2012 aspen
:(it sucks hailey i love bunnies too. sometimes i think do the hunters even care about other peple. i mean realy. no afence but actualy a lot of afence how woul u like it if i came to your house and took out a gun and shot u peace out homies!!!!!! =)

02/19/2012 aspen
:(it sucks hailey i love bunnies too. sometimes i think do the hunters even care about other peple. i mean realy. no afence but actualy a lot of afence how woul u like it if i came to your house and took out a gun and shot u peace out homies!!!!!! =)

02/02/2012 Wicked one
This is what I think I've tried foopets and it is wicked but the other ones are just boring rubbish and poo!!!

02/02/2012 Wicked one
This is what I think I've tried foopets and it is wicked but the other ones are just boring rubbish and poo!!!

01/19/2012 tia
foo pets gonna come back to being free i like the old version when it wasn't to pay for

01/19/2012 tia
foo pets gonna come back to being free i like the old version when it wasn't to pay for

12/27/2011 SparkleJoy
Foopets is a good site I only wish it was free. Numerous breeds of both cats and dogs to choose from, plus most members are nice and are willing to help. There are many items to decorate your pet's scene. You can have up to 50 pets or more if you breed them. I personally love foopets and have met many great friends on there.

12/27/2011 SparkleJoy
Foopets is a good site I only wish it was free. Numerous breeds of both cats and dogs to choose from, plus most members are nice and are willing to help. There are many items to decorate your pet's scene. You can have up to 50 pets or more if you breed them. I personally love foopets and have met many great friends on there.

12/10/2011 Angie
this is really fun for your chidr en. parents should allow kids to do this stuff.

12/10/2011 Angie
this is really fun for your chidr en. parents should allow kids to do this stuff.

12/09/2011 mady
i hate foo pets i used to have like 10 accounts but now you have to pay to play.my animals in that game they probably deleted.

12/09/2011 mady
i hate foo pets i used to have like 10 accounts but now you have to pay to play.my animals in that game they probably deleted.

11/30/2011 tiapi
buy a real pet then you guys are so stupid!

11/30/2011 tiapi
buy a real pet then you guys are so stupid!

11/22/2011 ralahinn1
As of April 2011, you can't get anymore free pets at foo pets, you have to pay to join their" club foo" in order to play the game and use real money to buy" foo dollars".

11/22/2011 ralahinn1
As of April 2011, you can't get anymore free pets at foo pets, you have to pay to join their" club foo" in order to play the game and use real money to buy" foo dollars".

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