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Raising a Virtual Pet

Tamagotchis are a type of virtual pet.
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Whether it's your annoying parents or pesky allergies keeping you from owning a real pet, you don't have to be too bummed out anymore. With the rise of electronic pets, anyone can learn to raise a furry best friend. Keep reading to find out how to take care of virtual pets!


Picking the Perfect Pet

One of the coolest things about virtual pets is that you can choose an animal that traditionally wouldn't be kept as a pet, like a panda bear or monkey! If exotic animals don't appeal to you, you can go with something a bit more mainstream like a hamster, bunny or dog. Most virtual pets take the same amount of care and attention so bigger animals aren't going to eat up any more of your free time than a little one is.


Taking Care of Your Pet

Unlike real animals, virtual pets don't need to be taken for walks or have their litter cleaned on a regular basis, but that doesn't mean you don't have to pay attention to them! Digital pets like Tamagotchis or Neopets need to be cared for, fed and loved. Instead of bestowing your animal with a giant hug or filling their bowl up with kibble, you care for your virtual pet by pressing various buttons on your pet's electronic case.


Socializing Your Pet

Virtual pets have come a long way since their debut in the mid 1990s. Back then pets had distinct personalities and you could feed them and give them treats, but that was about it. Today you can feed, groom, train and even socialize your pet! Many digital pets are able to connect wirelessly to other pets from their line so they can play together. So, if your friends have the same kind of pet as you, you can plan play dates!


Did U Know?

  • The very first virtual pets were released in 1995 and were called Petz. They came in Catz and Dogz versions.
  • Virtual pets come in many shapes and forms these days - from digital keychains to video games and internet communities, you are able to choose the exact right pet for you!
  • With Tamagotchi Connection, your virtual pet can meet a companion so they won't be lonely when you head to class!

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    JennyD

    JennyD wrote:

    I haven't raised one but cool
    commented: Mon Sep 23, 2013

    donnabug13

    donnabug13 wrote:

    I had this and a my littlest pet shop version of it.
    commented: Mon Sep 23, 2013

    wazzuuppp

    wazzuuppp wrote:

    I've had a tamagotchi since I was 5 and it's still alive...
    commented: Mon Sep 23, 2013

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