Pets brighten our lives and bring us joy, but sometimes they’re a hassle – vet bills, pet food, and those lovely presents that they like to leave us can make you think twice about getting a pet. Once a pet becomes a part of the family, it’s hard to see it go when it passes away. If you want a pet, but can’t afford one or just can’t stand the thought of losing one, then maybe a virtual pet site is the thing for you. There are many such sites online these days, but the best by far, is Neopets.
On Neopets, you can get a wide variety of well-drawn virtual pets. And it’s all completely free! You can play with your pets, feed them, and explore the world of Neopia with them. The things you do and amount of time you spend with your Neopets determines their mood and how happy they are. Pets do sometimes get sick, but there is a cure for everything. Best of all, your pet can never die. if you don’t have enough time to feed your pets one day, or are going on vacation, you need not fear for your pets. They will be there when you return. There is even a virtual lodge where you can leave your Neopets if you know you’re leaving for a while.
You may have up to 4 pets at one time, and there is so much you can do with them. Your pets can be painted different colors with special paint brushes. You can train and battle them against other pets, or against the villains of Neopia. There are lots of games for you to play to earn neopoints – the currency of Neopets.
There is something for everyone on Neopets. There is a large community of players and fellow pet-owners on the chat boards. You can join a guild and make new friends with similar interests. If you like to role-play, there is a board just for that where you can engage in Neopets-themed role plays.
Neopets has a complex but easy to use shop system. You can shop for food, clothes, toys, or many other things, either at the main shops or in the user-owned shops. You can even open your own customizable shop where you set the prices and decorate the front. You can invest in the Neopian stock market, or trade on the Mystery Island Trading Post.
If you are interested in html and web-coding, you can create your own unique user-lookups, pretty up your shop, or give your pets their very own website (just make sure you read the rules and regulations before you change anything!).
Neopets is kid-friendly. All the message boards, including the guilds and neomail (a private messaging system on Neopets) are censored and constantly being monitored to prevent harassment, scams, and the giving away of personal information. Children under 13 years old must get parental permission to be able to chat on the forums.
Artists, writers, even artisan craft-makers will find activities perfect for them on Neopets. There is always something to do. So why not take one of these adorable virtual pets home today?