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Buy a Virtual Pet

Buy a Virtual Pet

When you cannot manage a pet but still wish to have one, go for a virtual pet and you can enjoy the company of your pet all the time.

Natasha bought a gold fish for her son who was insistent on having a pet. Little Surya was very excited in the beginning. But as days passed, Natasha realised that Surya lost interest in playing with the pet. It was she who ended up cleaning, feeding and looking after the fish. After a few days, she donated the fish to a friend's aquarium. Her friend then suggested a virtual pet, if Surya asked for a pet again.

What is a Virtual Pet?

A virtual pet is a robotic toy. It can be a dog, a bird or an alien. The robot has life-like features. It can be fed virtual food, played with, can sing songs, it sleep and some even burp.

A virtual pet requires no cleaning or looking after like a real pet. It simply calls out if it is hungry. You have to feed the virtual food when it squeals with hunger. It will sing for you, play with you and follow the commands you give. Virtual pets respond to your actions whether you love them or ignore them. You do not have to worry about spoiling your carpet with pet poop!

Different kinds of virtual pets

Virtual pets can be of different kind. You can either buy one from the market or adopt an online virtual pet. You can also opt for a tiny tamagotchi which slips into your pocket and have one or even seven pets, at a time.

Online virtual pets

You simply have to go online and google out a few online pets. You can choose from neopets, aliens or pups. Most of them are free. You can even have virtual zoos. All you have to do is go online and survey your zoo. Feed the animals if they are hungry, pet them if they are being naughty, play with them and look after their habitat. You may even earn points for the same. All this happens at the simple click of the mouse. One click and you are in the marketplace buying pet food and another click back to the zoo.

Virtual pets that grow

The Chia pets are very popular growing pets. Not very popular in India, they are very well-known in other countries. They come in various sizes and shapes. You simply have to water them and watch them grow. Regular trimming and cutting is required. Looking after your Chia pet can help it grow well. They are very similar to the animal shapes we see growing in parks.

Mobile virtual pets

If you have General Packet Radio Service (GPRS ) connection on your cell phone you can easily carry your virtual pet wherever you go. You can choose from the many options and stay with your pet always.

Taking care of virtual pets

Pets whether real or virtual have to be taken care of. If you intend to buy or adopt a virtual pet you have to remember it needs your attention. A virtual pet can fall sick or even die if it is neglected. You may have to adopt a pet again or restart the mechanism. As days pass you will fall in love with your virtual pet and will look forward to pamper it. It can also be a good start for your child to get acquainted to looking after a pet before getting a real pet home.

Benefits of having a virtual pet

The virtual pet not only takes off your worry of having a real pet but provides you a number of benefits over a real one.

  • You do not have to clean pet poop.
  • You save on expensive pet food and pet accessories
  • You can leave the pet at home without a worry.
  • You do not have fur all over your sofa.
  • You do not have to clean drool.
  • You do not have to worry about bathing it
  • You do not have to take care of vaccination.
  • You save the trauma of losing a live pet.

If you have been weighing options to get a pet home, a virtual one can be a good start.

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Archana Balasubramanian
if everything can be created artificially, i think in the future, even parents and their love can be created need of real parents...already kids are glue to tablets and mobiles...i would prefer my kid to get soiled in the mud rather than virtual pets or mobile games...
Archana Balasubramanian
I do not understand this concept of virtual pet.... how kindness and responsibilities shall come when there is no need to care for the being? this is just like a toy...only toy attachment shall come never pet attachment...even i have got pets when i was was fund if it is real...if it not real..there is no fun in it...
Presenjit.6 years ago
a great infor. it is better to have a virtual pet than having a real one in this space crunch city.
Vaibhav Mane
Vaibhav Mane.6 years ago
It is a good idea. Children will have a pet without actually taking care of it. they will learn to be responsible. Gr8 idea
Sonalika.6 years ago
Virtual pets are a no-no for me. It is too much to tolerate. kids are already spending too much time on computer and now to think of a virtual pet is absolutely irritating.
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Would you like to own a virtual pet? Do you think virtual pets are better than real pets? What kind of virtual pet would you prefer?
Aditi Aditi
I don' t think a virtual pet can ever replace a real pet. A real pet though cannot speak, it is actually with you. We have a pet dog named pongo. We all simply love him. He is not a robot, he is a par...
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Ujwala Ujwala
I think it is a fairly nice idea for kids who and parents who find it difficult to look after a pet. Having a pet is like having one more member in the family. You can just stuff real pets in a room a...
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I have a whole virtual zoo. It is absolutely fun. Even my friends have zoos and we take care of each others pets. We exchange food items. We play games with the pet. Enjoy activities with the pets and...
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