Pets, the most honest and loyal creatures on earth, are loved by almost everyone. Most even adopt them and make them family. But, a few fail to do so because of varied reasons, even being pet lovers. Some are usually job persons, and some are deprived of time to take care of them. But, such people are not required to stop themselves from petting an animal.

Yes, you heard it right. We have come up with good news for such people who want but can’t keep pets. With the advancement of technology, you can pet the animals without keeping them at your homes. You can keep them with you all the time but as virtual pets. 

What Is A Virtual Pet?

Also known as an artificial pet or digital pet, the virtual pet is a sort of artificial human companion. People keep them just for enjoyment. They keep a virtual pet instead of a real one. 

It can be attained through a virtual pet app. Such apps are AI pet apps that provide the fun of having a pet right in your arms. Using such apps, you can raise them, teach, feed, train, and clean them. You can even play various exciting games, whether a cat or dog or any other pet animal. 

Virtual pet games are popular not only among children but adults also. 

How Does A Virtual Pet App Work?

Such games are usually played free of cost through websites or apps. Just you need to sign up. These apps generally include a virtual community. The users play such apps and earn virtual money that they can spend on pet items or food. 

Best Virtual Pet Apps

We have listed out top android and iOS awesome Virtual Pet Games online. Let’s check them out:

Top Virtual Pet Games on Android

1. Bubbu – My Virtual Pet Cat

Downloads: 100 Million+

A digital pet cat gaming app, Bubbu is an emotional, cute, and adorable cat game. You can have fun with Bubbu anytime and anywhere. 

Players can dress the cat, play, and bathe Bubbu. This app comes with 30 mini-games, a house builder element, and a fashion game element. 

In-app Products$1.13 – $112 Per Item
Published By Bubadu

2. Moy 7- Virtual Pet Game

Downloads: 50 million+

This virtual pet game was developed by Frodo, who has developed various other virtual pet games also, like My Corgi, My Chicken, and more. All such app games are played in the same way, except the pet you need to choose. 

In this game, the pet is an octopus named Moy. The game comes with a cluster of mini-games and various other things that one needs to take care of their digital pet pets. 

PriceFree (with ads)
In-app Products$1.3 – $4 Per Item
Published By Frojo Apps

3. My Boo: Your Virtual Pet To Care and Play Games

Downloads: 100 Million+

With a well-known virtual pet, Boo, you can enjoy countless hours. It’s like a real pet that demands lots of attention and care. You can wash it, feed it, make it sleep, and play with it. Besides, the app comes with 20+ mini-games that will entertain you. 

In-app Product$2.2 – $116 Per Item
Published By Tapps Games

4. Happy Pet Story: Virtual Pet Game

Downloads: 100 Million+

A unique and amazing virtual pet app, Happy Pet Story is a zero-player game with various levels. It may look different at the first glimpse, but you need to wait to enjoy it. Your pet will fight with monsters, earn gold, collect loot, and perform a lot to help you enjoy playing. 

In-app Products$0.40 – $11 Per Item
Published By Happy Labs

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5. Talking Tom Series

Downloads: 15 billion+

From the developers of top-rated virtual pet games, like My Talking Tom, My Talking Angela, My Talking Tom 2, and more successful titles, this app arrives in virtual pet simulation games. 

This digital pet gaming app permits players to feed their Tom, talk with it, feed it, and perform many more exciting activities with Tom. Besides, this game comes with many mini-games and customizations. 

In-app Products$1.33 – $120 Per Item
Published By Outfit7 Limited

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Top Virtual Pet Games On iPhone

1. Cat Sim Online: Play With Cats 

Downloads: 8 Million+

We have learned about various virtual pet apps. Some apps arrive with realistic or 3D UI, and some just include 2D graphics and cartoony styles. Let you know; the Cat Sim Online app comes with a real virtual cat. Even with this app, you can play as a cat also. If you don’t want to take care of your virtual pet, you can yourself be a digital cat. 

In-app Products$1– $35 Per Item
Published By Turbo Rocket Games

2. Dogotchi: Virtual Pet

Downloads: 10 Thousand+

The next game of the retro-style simulation series by Wildagotchi, Dogotchi, permits you to play with and care for twelve loving dogs. The more you care for it, the happier it will be, and it directly improves the pet’s growth. 

In-app Products$5 Per Item
Published By Janusz Jankowski

3. Hellopet – Cute cats, dogs, and other unique pets

Hellopet - Cute cats, dogs, and other unique pets
Downloads: 5 Million+

The one who can’t pet but is in love with it can get their friendly companion here. 

With Hellopet, you can have dogs, cats, and many adorable animals running around your home screen. Also, you can create a fun room or home for your pets. Besides, you can unlock new items, pets, and rooms on this virtual pet app by buying or collecting cookies. 

In-app Products$1.99 – $49.99 Per Item
Published By Applepie Studio Inc.

4. Hay Day

Hay Day
Downloads: 300 million+

This app is one of the popular pet games on mobile, which looks like a Farm House app and gives an experience of a virtual pet. It helps build a farm, raise animals, customize and decorate a section of the country, and explore the Valley. You can play with your family and friends also. 

In-app Products$2 – $12 Per Item
Published BySupercell

5. My Cat! – Virtual Pet Games 

My Cat! – Virtual Pet Games 
Downloads: 1 Million+

Connect with your new virtual friend, a cat with adorable eyes and a cute smile. You can play with your digital pet anytime, feed it, make it sleep, take it for a walk, and a lot more. 

In-app Products$0.99 – $124.99 Per Item
Published By LiftApp

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How Much Does A Virtual Pet App Costs?

We can’t come up with an exact cost to develop an app but may let you know an estimate. 

A survey conducted by Clutch on the number of hours needed to develop a mobile app showcased that the average cost to create a mobile app is approx. $171,450 with a considerable price range between $30k to $700k

A similar pattern goes with virtual pet apps and other apps of different industry verticals. 


Enjoying playing a virtual pet app can be fun, but developing such app ideas will be pretty challenging. You can pet an animal without even taking it to your home. So, nothing can stop you from petting, neither your allergies, maintenance cost, or lack of time. 

If you are here with an app idea of a virtual pet gaming app, then you are at the right spot. Emizentech an game development company will help you with all the essentials needed to develop a digital pet game. 

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CTO at Emizentech and a member of the Forbes technology council, Amit Samsukha, is acknowledged by the Indian tech world as an innovator and community builder. He has a well-established vocation with 12+ years of progressive experience in the technology industry. He directs all product initiatives, worldwide sales and marketing, and business enablement. He has spearheaded the journey in the e-commerce landscape for various businesses in India and the U.S.