You can adopt all kinds of virtual pets.
Some are very realistic and look just like a dog or a horse. Others are fantastical creatures that could only live in an imaginary world, but a world that you can share with other people.
Here are ten of the best, realistic and imaginary virtual pets that can be found online for free
Moshi monsters hasn't been around as long as some virtual per sites but it is growing fast. It lets you adopt a pet 'monster' and look after it while it grows up. There are a lot of games to play and other players to chat with.
The moshi monsters are a lot smarter than other online pets. For one thing, they understand how well you look after them. If you let them down, they can start behaving very badly. They scream, they fight and it needs a lot of care to get them back to being happy and playful again.
So remember, If you want to take your monster from a z-level baby to a fully grown up, A-level MonSTAR, you need to pay careful attention.
Moshi monsters has over 1.5 million online players. The video above gives an idea of why it is so popular.
Neopets was the first of the big online virtual pet sites and is almost ten years old. It was made for college students but nowadays many children use the site. The whole thing is free and you get three pets to adopt and play with.
The site is massive and the range of things you can do is enormous. There are clubs and guilds to join. Regular new competitions appear. You can team with friends to take part in quests. A popular club is the astronomy club.This gives you a telescope to look for the constellations of stars in the sky. If you find them all, you get a prize.
There are many other things to do. You can set up a shop to earn neopoints (nps) or you can play games to get rich. Once you have enough points you can ‘buy’ things for your neopet home. Some players like to train their pets to fight in battles. Some like to spend their time dressing up pets or building a home.
Neopets is one of the best sites if you like to play with friends, make teams to compete in cups and quests or like regular and unusual challenges.
Note to Parents
There are adults, as well as children, on the Neopets site so care should be exercised. Access to messenging is restricted for participants under the age of 13.
This a simpler version of Neopets for younger kids with more controls over chat.
While many pet sites have cute monsters to adopt, Adoptme.com offer virtual pets like dogs and horses which are beautifully drawn and friendly in a Disney way.
You give your pet a name and choose whether it is a boy or a girl. Then you are given some money everyday to look after it.
Some of the fun things to do with your virtual pet:
- You can chat with it.
- You can enter it in pet shows and win prizes.
- If you have a myspace or facebook page or any kind of blog or website you can show it off to other people.
- There are many games to play like tic tac toe, tennis or checkers.
- You can dress up your pet
- If you think your pet needs to be a bit more serious you can find it a job where it can earn money to spend in the shop.
This is one of the newest sites and looks like a friendly place to get a free virtual pet. There are only about 2500 members so far but the forums are busy with people talking about their pets and their lives. You start with an egg and nurture it carefully.
Favorite animals seem to be cats and dogs and there are endangered animals which need special care in our world. I liked the look of the owl!
This is one of the more recent virtual pet sites. There are several cute animals to choose from (again no monsters). You need to download a small file that will put the game into your browser tool bar. This makes the pet world easy to keep up with but might annoy some people.
You will probably want avoid setting Guffins as your homepage on install.
The site is well integrated with Facebook and sharing is easy.
There are simple activities needed to keep your pet in top condition like feeding and cleaning.
You are allowed up to 12 pets in Mara. You can adopt one or trade with other players for money won in Mara’s many games.
Once you have a pet, you need to take good care of it. There are many games to play including dress up and celebrity dress up. If you like to fight virtual battles the battle arena is for you.
Some Place Places to Visit in Mara
The Biala Icecaves:
This is a place that you need to careful about visiting. There are magical things to be found in the caves and these can get you a lot of Mara money. If don't keep your eyes open though your pet can get lost and it might not be so easy again. It is still the place to get the best health and, if you are lucky, magic stats.
If you need more money to spend in all the great Mara stores, you need to get your pet a job from the job center.
Jobs include actress, doctor,astronaut vet and even thief- though I'm sure that a thief really does too much work.
Be careful though you will lose all that lovely money if you forget to look after your pet and he doesn't show up for work when he is supposed to.
Fearsome combat with pet against pet happens in the battle arena. You need to teach your pet well if you want him to win!
The shops have clothes to buy and things for your Mara pet home. If you look around it is amazing just how much choice there is- and of course you can always open your own shop. Maybe you will get Mara rich!
There are dozens of free online games at Mara including- strategy games, dress up, cards, flash games and puzzle games.
There are also plenty of quests to take part in and prizes to be won.
This not strictly an adopt-a-pet site. It is more of a build-a-bear-friend site. It deserves a mention for its great graphics. It is especially girl friendly.
You can make your own bear in the bear workshop and explore the virtual world of bearville. One place to visit is the fabulous fashion district where you can get the makeover of a lifetime.
Underwater adventures where you and your bear friend face many hazards but also see many wonderful things.
A pie eating contest. How many pies can can one small bear eat?
All of the Games Above Are Completely Free
There are more and more places to adopt a virtual pet online- and the pets are more cute and lovable all the time. So why not adopt one today. It won't cost you anything!
Kids and grownups alike love to have an online companion to look after. Some of these creatures live in big online worlds that you can explore and where there are other players to meet. There are all kinds of games to play and activities to get involved with. A warning- sometimes these worlds can be too tempting and you just don't want to come back!.
One of the great things about these virtual pet worlds is that they appeal equally to girls and boys. Some of the activities involve dress up, some involve fierce fights with other player's pets. Often, the graphics are so good that you feel as if you have wandered into a Disney Movie- except that here you can move around, chat, build things, start clubs and do stuff no movie maker ever thought of.
The first thing to say is that Webkinz is free to play BUT before you can get on the site you need a special code. You can only get the code if buy a Webkinz stuffed toy. These range in price from a few dollars to fifteen or twenty dollars. They are especially inexpensive if you buy on Amazon.
Once you have access, you get to go on one of the most fun to play, online pet worlds around.
Foopets:the most realistic virtual pets online
There is no massive online world here but the fabulous, lifelike graphics deserve a special mention. Great for the virtual pet lover who dosen’t want to spend too much time in other worlds.
UPDATE: sadly Foopets is no longer free. Expect around $5 to open an account. Many thanks to Helen for that information.
Virtual Pet Freaks Forum
This forum is the place to talk about all the various virtual pets you can find online.
It is worth checking the privacy policies of each of the sites and also how much control there is over chat between the players. You might need to choose the approbriate settings for your child.
Best Virtual Companions on other Platforms?
This page has been all about personal computer pets. There are plenty of other way to enjoy having a virtual pet, though.
My personal favorite is Eyepet. This you can be found on PS3 Move. You need the PS3 console and the Move camera to play this but there is a lot of fun that everyone in the family can get involved in.
Move games are great for parties, too.
Wonderful, Foopet-like, dogs and cats can be found on Ninendogs. To play this you will have to own the Nintendo 3DS.
A few of the puppies that you can start with are shown in the picture below.
kilye on December 17, 2012:
i like webkinz
mia on November 25, 2012:
im sad that foo pets is not free they are soooo cute im going to get a puppy dog soon.
sierra on September 14, 2012:
i DO NOT LIKE THESE GAMES BECOSE I HAVE TRIDE FOOPETS MY MOM WILL NOT LET ME PLAY ITS NOT FREE PLESE MAKE FOOPETS FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
rocker on May 11, 2012:
i have been tring to make a foo pet for an hour it is so stupied that you have to bay money for a pet :(grrrrrrrrgr lol/
this is stupied
mia on April 08, 2012:
moshie monsters is so cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool it is amasing
Saya on April 05, 2012:
I use to play on foopets constantly. Until the owners got greedily and made it so you have to pay to play a driving virtual game. It was the best suite I knew.
taylin on March 25, 2012:
we need a nee kind of website like this but for free this sucks you people should know by now that other people these days don't like to pay get smart nd get wit it already use ur breans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i should run this thang!!! like yeee ahahaha!!!!!
Peige on March 18, 2012:
I remember when foopets was actually free... it sucks now that you have to pay to play an ONLINE GAME
marissa on February 29, 2012:
heller everyony i hate foo pets now i use to love them they waste all your money.omg now u know me.lol
summer on February 15, 2012:
i love jls thay are a fave band i love marvin
ellie on February 15, 2012:
im just going on neopets.com
lauren on February 13, 2012:
adorable and we love it
don't know on January 20, 2012:
i love mm
wasup on January 14, 2012:
moshimonsters is so cool!!
Hi on January 13, 2012:
monae on January 13, 2012:
i love webkinz. i have 6 webkinz. But i wish i could sign up for foo pets but i know if i do ill have to pay to adopt a pet. man i wish they didn't make people haft to pay. i would ask my mom to but she would say no and i would but im only 13.
tamera on January 11, 2012:
i have had an account on foopets for nine yrs. and now they say i have to pay that is rediculous i think they should have something where whoever was on before they made you pay can keep their account without paying!
Lexi101112m13 on January 07, 2012:
Foopest only makes you pay because the site hased to be paid for to be up and running
pug rocks on December 30, 2011:
The only good websites on there is moshimaonsters and adoptapet.And i agree with everyone foo pets stinkes why should u have to pay 4.99 for a stupied account online?And i have like 25 acounts for moshi monsters.One of my usernames are step447
Whatever on December 04, 2011:
Foo pets, neopets, and adopt me are so dumb!!!
Superstar1050 on December 04, 2011:
I would get into foopet but i didn't want to spend my money once i been robed so yeah
cece on November 26, 2011:
plz plz plz find more websites! i jave been looking for some but they are boring!plz find an animal game! I want to play pets adoptables but im only nine!
kenyatta on November 22, 2011:
we always got to pay for something
jen on November 19, 2011:
I know it might be bad for some of you, but Foopets is a good replacement for a dog. I'm not allowed to have dogs, so a virtual pet like Foopets is great. I'm okay with paying
Crystal on November 11, 2011:
I miss the old Foopets. I used to play that game all the time. I had 30+ pets from breeding and never selling. I was actually "lucky" to get a glitch litter of 13. I love how realistic it is but I refuse to pay for a dog or cat on a screen. It was a great site until ClubFoo came. Us regular users had a limited access to things. Then this happened. Can't find another game like it. Doubt I ever will.
.......... on November 06, 2011:
power pets rocks 4get foopets people and do power pets
chace on November 04, 2011:
i wish foopet,s wos for free omg is a ripe off the money
monkeybooboo8363 on October 29, 2011:
The only good website on here is moshi monsters its the best i have 11 accounts
petkid on October 18, 2011:
hey i think these peaple are wite foopet should be free
RalphGreene on October 14, 2011:
Very entertaining hub. I guess I could have different pets online. This is kinda fun!
Not Telling! on October 14, 2011:
FooPets looks great! but you have to pay! I rather get a REAL pet, it's not fair that you have to pay for it I'm I kid myself and I know my parents will NEVER pay for it for me to actually log in!
amy on October 01, 2011:
i forgot 2 say this earlier, but i tried to get a free trial on pet adoptables so i tried it and it needed a credit crad number.... i don't get it anyway, please tell me if being a member on pet adoptables is free. btw, i'm 10 so i hope its free and age apropriate.
amy on October 01, 2011:
is petadoptables free?
rids on September 13, 2011:
i will start now
no name on September 13, 2011:
my moshimonster username is Avril1054
Will Apse (author) on September 11, 2011:
Isis, that is a very reasonable request, I can't really give you more pages but I can go on a hunt for some more virtual pets.
In fact, I will start now.
Isis on September 11, 2011:
I kindly ask for more pages
Victoria boo on September 09, 2011:
I want a pet now real one get me one now
mary on September 06, 2011:
dar moshi mohsters i am mary grace williamf
gurleen on September 05, 2011:
foopets stink! they should make it free.it is just a virtual pet! and again i say FOOPETS STINK!!!!!!!!!!!
milly-rose on September 03, 2011:
haha why is the no free or none downloands ? come on when u get more free things send me a email ps.my email address is beth-tindle @hotmail.co.uk no spaces or captil letters
nat on September 02, 2011:
can u try to find something like foopets but free?
bethtindle on September 02, 2011:
why is there no good games on
catvanhorse on August 20, 2011:
i really want a foo pet why cant it be free why do you pay for VIRATUAL pets
kennychesneylover236 on August 20, 2011:
you people are talking to much about foo pets, try marapets. i tried it, and it wasn`t half bad.
netny on August 15, 2011:
foopets is a great game put it should be free!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Smileyface on August 13, 2011:
I hate it how mu wouldn't pay for foopets. i so wanted one but she didn't pay just 5 bucks for it!!
Kelsey on July 18, 2011:
i want something real looking any dumb cartoon stuff like Neo pets and theres onley 1 thing that i can think of its foo pets i'll be broke in about three months
Will Apse (author) on July 18, 2011:
When I was a kid my Mother never let me have a dog. As soon as I left home, she got one. It was my replacement.
Life ain't fair!
ita on July 17, 2011:
im looking for virtual pets like foopets that are free....any ideas? I don't wawnt anything that doesn't move or anything boring and odd...plus im only 10 so the site has to be age-appropriate...im still looking!
please help cause im not allowed to get a REAL LIVE pet of my own, wah!
Will Apse (author) on May 28, 2011:
I reckon you enjoy immersive experiences, all round Laura. The best virtual pet sites can certainly offer that!
Laura Ginn from UK on May 28, 2011:
I used to be on Neopets but it would take over your life if you let it. There is soooooooooo much to do on that site and new things are always being added.
NicoleSmith on May 10, 2011:
This is good for children.
Jojo on May 07, 2011:
Yea, you can buy a REAL dog for cheaper than a foopet. i was on there for a year and i loved it but i refuse to pay them a cent!
Elvie on May 05, 2011:
I agree it was a nice game but it`s a shame that evry things depended on money...
Will Apse (author) on May 05, 2011:
Sorry to hear that, Elvie. Foopets are beautiful but that site really does want your money!
Elvie on May 05, 2011:
I`v played foopets for 1 year and 9 months i adopted 13 pets (4 cats 9 dogs)I breed some pets and had over 500 FD and i had about 600.000 FG and i still had 2 LL but becouse i didn`t pay for CLUBFOO they kicked me out..Its unfair...
lola on April 25, 2011:
i love my foopet
lisa on April 23, 2011:
only good game is moshi monsters!
Coolgirl9 on April 12, 2011:
Hey guys I agree with u foopets and every game is dumb except moshi monsters I have 2 accounts I signed up so before.
taryn on March 12, 2011:
foopet is really great so what if you $4.99 its not a lot and what u expect about foopets u do have to pick up the animals leaves but its to help u in real life to get a foopet u can send a message to comeplain about the price to make it lower and they will and if u don't have 4.99 dollars that's pretty sad i agree WEBKINZ SUCKZ
katie baucom on February 19, 2011:
I'm soooo glad I logged into foopets along time ago. Foopets is my favorite website!!!
Will Apse (author) on January 16, 2011:
That is sad, name. And I am sad that I can't help. Perhaps you could try one of the other pets.
name on January 16, 2011:
im 10 yrs. old and have wanted a foo pet for my entire life and finally i got my mom to pay. i was more excited then i have ever been..... until i found out that you had to pay if you wanted to do anything!! (besides just sit there and scoop your cats leavings) i was really sad because i didn't know that.
dont read this on January 03, 2011:
why don't they just let u adopt a pet on foopets for cryin out loud!!! i mean...instead of "adopt a pet by joining clubfoopets (which you have to pay for) or earning a free pet by completing the daily goals", why doesn't it be "adopt a pet for FREEEEEEE!!!!" plus it closes for like 10 and a half hours
k on January 03, 2011:
hey!!! ilove those games
Me on January 02, 2011:
FooPets is really fun! You can either work at the adoption center for a month and get a free pet or either buy council to join right away! I'm a FooPets expert....
llllll on December 09, 2010:
yes i whent on the foo pets site you have to pay just for addopting a pet its not fair for kids who want to play but their parents wont pay !!!!!
iris on November 07, 2010:
BOO FOO PETS THEY WONT LET ME ADOPTET
bordercollieloveLOL on September 30, 2010:
only if you joined like 6 months ago you would have been able to have an open account for free ! luckily I joined about a year ago also foo pets ROCKS it is the best site ever ...........
and I HATE moshie monsters
samiyah on August 15, 2010:
moshi monsters rock!!!
MADDIE on August 12, 2010:
I CANT BELIEVE THIS I ALWAYS WANTED TO ADOPT A PET HAHA YAY
meatails on July 26, 2010:
I want 2 cats in foopets i already have 1 i need more money to get a male cat to breed with my female O_o
Helen on July 18, 2010:
FOOPETS is no longer free. You must pay $4.99 in order to open an account.
Joyce on July 04, 2010:
No kidding. They just have an adoption center open for 30 min. You can name the dog or cat but you have to pay to be able to adopt it so someone else can have it.
Amanda on July 03, 2010:
I agree why should u have to pay money just for a virtual pet.
BINTOU on July 02, 2010:
YEAH FOO PETS IS DUMB THEY DON'T LET ME ADOPT A PET AND JUST CLOSES
Will Apse (author) on July 02, 2010:
We would all like free, smile :)!
Smile:) on July 02, 2010:
I like foo pets. but why can't it be free. It is
just a ONLINE VIRTUAL pet ,after all
adorababy from Syracuse, NY on June 04, 2010:
It's not only kids that love them but the parents do too.
valeria on April 27, 2010:
im pretty pretty ugly haha my name is valeria i have a lot of friends they are cool nice fun playful
jillian on March 23, 2010:
foopets is stupid,dumb,it sucks!