Top Sites for Free Virtual Pets

Play games, earn money, and care for online critters

Digital monster was a classic virtual pet

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Kids of all ages all over the world enjoy taking care of virtual pets: digital animals that require feeding, walks, grooming, playtime, and more in order to thrive. Here are our top picks for the best online virtual pet worlds, made especially for people who want to experience the joy of caring for a furry friend.

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A screenshot of the Neopets website.

What We Like

  • Long-established virtual-pet community.

  • Many players, making for a more vibrant ecosystem.

What We Don't Like

  • Requires Adobe Flash, a known security risk.

  • Antiquated site design with ad-heavy content.

One of the most popular free virtual pets — it's been around since 1997 — Neopets is one of the most popular virtual pet sites on the web. There are games, virtual worlds, virtual stores, and a great Neopets community to get involved in.

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Webkinz game

What We Like

  • Plenty of options for Webkinz characters.

  • Good focus on education with some of the games.

What We Don't Like

  • Requires Adobe Flash.

  • Poorly designed site that encourages up-sells.

Adopt a virtual Webkinz pet from hundreds available, or create a virtual one based on a real-life Webkinz stuffed animal toy by entering the unique Secret Code that comes with the Webkinz, and enter the Webkinz World. Here you can care for your virtual pet, design their own room, play games, earn KinzCash, and go shopping to dress up your Webkinz. Explore towns, parks, and other exotic locales. Many of the games in Webkinz are designed to educate and promote creativity in young players. 

There are also deluxe paid membership levels that grant monthly KinzCash bonuses, as well as exclusive items.

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Moshi Monsters

Moshi Monsters homepage

What We Like

  • Appealing design for younger players.

  • Straightforward approach to on-site games.

What We Don't Like

  • Requires Adobe Flash.

  • In-game up-sells.

Adopt a cute little monster at Moshi Monster, and the more you take care of it and play with it, the more personality it gets. As you play games and complete puzzles, you can earn the in-game currency called Rox. You can level-up your Monster, collect rare Moshlings, care for a garden of flowers, and more. 

As with many of the other virtual online pet games, there are paid membership tiers you can take advantage of that offer access to exclusive features, areas, games, and more Rox.