4 Best Virtual Pet Websites

Adopt a virtual pet for free, earn in-game rewards, and more

A virtual pet game is a great way to pass time and to entertain children. Kids all over the world enjoy adopting pets that require virtual care: food, walks, grooming, play, etc.

Below are our picks for the best virtual pet worlds where you can play with a digital animal of your choosing, customize them to your liking, and care for them as if they were really in front of you.

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Furry Paws

Screenshot of the Furry Paws virtual pet game
What We Like
  • Focuses only on dogs.

  • Lots of real-world things to do.

  • Tons of breeds to choose from.

What We Don't Like
  • Ads throughout the site (though they're not too intrusive).

There are only dogs in this virtual pet game, but it's pretty life-like because you get virtual money to spend on accessories, grooming, toys, and more. Every time you play a game or log in, you can get more money!

This virtual pet site has an entire market where you can order supplies much like you can in the real world, but they're all for your virtual dog. There's also a junkyard and mall, and unlockables (like a chat room) that you can get after completing levels.

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Screenshot of the Neopets virtual pet game
What We Like
  • Long-established virtual pet community.

  • Many players make for a more vibrant ecosystem.

What We Don't Like
  • User accounts require an email address.

Neopets has been around since 1997 and is still one of the most popular virtual pet sites on the web.

There are games like Turmac Roll, Fashion Fever, Hasee Bounce, Kass Basher, and IceCream Machine.

This site has virtual stores, fake bank accounts, and a great Neopets community to get involved in as well.

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Screenshot of a virtual pet at Howrse
What We Like
  • Awesome graphics.

  • Very thorough for invested players.

  • Minimal advertising.

What We Don't Like
  • Not your typical virtual pet game; takes a while to get going.

If you like specialized virtual pet games where only one type of animal is involved, you might enjoy Howrse. You can use your horse to compete, monitor its energy and health levels, trade, and more.

This game is super involved, so you won't start playing right away. However, you have to appreciate the space surrounding it; there's an active community of players, a forum, events to follow, and more.

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Screenshot of the Goatlings virtual pet game
What We Like
  • Lots to do.

  • Unique features.

  • Minimal to no ads.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires an email address.

Like Howrse, this game is for a specific animal, namely goats. You're put into the Goatlings world where you adopt a virtual goat that you name, raise, and train.

Like these other virtual pet sites, there's an arcade (including lottery games) and a shop, but it's also social with challenges and the ability to interact with friends. The community center has interesting things like an event calendar, fundraisers, special events, and more.

The adoption center is a bit more advanced than some of these virtual pet games because you can trade, rehome, adopt, or surrender a goat. There's also a Battle Center and several areas you can explore, like Misty Meadows, Enchanted Forest, and Majestic Mountain.

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