Virtual Pet Games

Not quite ready to add a real furry friend to your family? Your kids can get plenty of practice caring for critters of all shapes and sizes by playing these virtual pet games. Whether you have a Nintendo DS, a Wii, or a PC at home, there's something here for your little would-be pet owner. And at least virtual pets can't leave messes on the floor!

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Dora & Kai-Lan's Pet Shelter

age 3+

Good pet sim with lots of Nick characters.

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi (2011)
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Dora Puppy

age 4+

The perfect virtual pet game for preschoolers.

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi (2009)
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PlayStation Vita Pets

age 4+

Excellent pet simulator combines animal care and adventure.

Platforms: PlayStation Vita (2014)
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Discovery Kids Puppy Playtime Poster Image
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Discovery Kids Puppy Playtime

age 6+

Puppy simulation game to train your own rescue pet.

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi (2009)
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Nintendogs

age 6+

A fabulous virtual puppy simulation.

Platforms: Nintendo DS (2005)
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Petz Bunnyz Bunch

age 6+

Rabbit care game not entirely accurate, but extremely cute.

Platforms: Nintendo DS (2011)
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Petz Catz Playground

age 6+

Adopt and care for young kittens in cute virtual pet game.

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi (2010)
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Petz Horseshoe Ranch

age 6+

Horsing around is fun, but pet sim needs more fine tuning.

Platforms: Nintendo DS (2009)
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Petz Puppyz & Kittenz

age 6+

Adopt a puppy and kitten together for twice the fun.

Platforms: Nintendo DS (2011)
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Wappy Dog

age 6+

Novel game+toy concept makes for unique virtual pet romp.

Platforms: Nintendo DS (2011)
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Kinectimals

age 7+

Fab lion cub pet sim with treasure hunt theme for Kinect.

Platforms: Xbox 360 (2010)
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Kinectimals: Now with Bears!

age 7+

New content adds hours more fun to kid-friendly Kinect game.

Platforms: Xbox 360 (2011)
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Nintendogs + Cats

age 7+

Super pet sim adds cats, 3D, and other new features.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2011)
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Paws & Claws: Pet Resort

age 7+

Inexpensive pet sim game is surprisingly sophisticated.

Platforms: Nintendo Wii (2009)
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Fish Tycoon

age 8+

An excellent aquarium simulation game.

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Windows (2006)
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