A Neopian's Guide to Spoiled Pets
PET CENTRAL - What's that? Oh, I think it's your pet Usul screaming for you to
get her another tube of pink lipstick. "But that's the seventh tube this week!"
you think. Oh, and what's that? It's your Uni demanding the finest gourmet food.
But you don't have enough Neopoints! It's always tough to have spoiled pets, especially
if you don't have more then about 200,000 Neopoints. If this is what your Neohome
sounds like on a regular basis, this is the guide for you.
The first tip to the care of your pets is from the start, don't spoil them
at all. With the help of my siblings and friends, I have tested to see which
Neopets get spoiled and bored easily the quickest. Aishas and Usuls are up there,
but the top suspect is a Uni. Believe it or not, when I was playing with both
a male and female Uni, it only took three toys and they told me they were bored
and I should buy something else. In most other species, including the Usul,
MALES are the ones that spoil quicker, unless you give the female make-up early
on. When you get a new pet, here are some rules to follow for the first few
weeks. Some may seem cruel, but in reality, they are not. They are important
to follow, so here they are:
1. Only play with your pet one to three times a day.
2. Only read your pet one book a day.
3. Try not to feed your pet any gourmet foods, but if you must, do it only once
a week. And please, don't feed your pet dessert before dinner. Actually, it's
good not to serve dessert at all.
4. Avoid all grooming items except plain old soap, which you should only use
every three days or four days.
5. Don't paint your pets until they are a week old.
6. Don't give your pet a petpet until they are about a few weeks old and you
know they are responsible.
This will keep your pets happy as well as not spoiled, because after a week
of getting used to you not giving them too much, they will be very happy to
get a treat once in a while. Uh-oh, but what if your pet is already spoiled?
Here is how to tell:
1. Whenever you play with your pet, it either demands more toys or complains
all of the other pets have more toys than it.
If any of these apply to you or your pet, your pet is probably spoiled. To un-spoil
your pet, it requires a series of steps. It's tough, but at least it's not tough
2. Whenever you feed your pet something like an omelette or jelly it snarls
in disgust and demands [Insert 1 million Neopoint food item here].
3. Hates your Neohome in Neopia and is always complaining that you should move
4. Whenever you read it a book, it says "More…. more….I need more books. Buy
me more books!!!"
5. Whenever you go shopping you always get dragged into Usukiland or the Toy
Store and spend about 10,000 Neopoints.
6. You have spent over 50,000 Neopoints on one pet alone.
Step 1: Be Assertive
If you don't want your pet to be spoiled, you must teach respect to your pet
first. And to teach respect, you must be assertive. Sure, that super-expensive
Ona is cute, but sometimes you have to learn to say no. Also, the next time
your pet throws a temper tantrum in the middle of a stranger's shop because
you won't buy the rainbow paint brush, consider punishing them. And let them
know that. Say something that is assertive, but not necessarily mean. "Shut
it or no dinner for you!!!" is wrong. Try, "Honey, now if you don't stop throwing
a tantrum, I won't let you play with your favorite Faerie Snowglobe for a week."
And if they push the limit, make sure you go through with the punishment.
Step 2: Toys Aren't Necessary
Don't spend a beautiful day inside playing with Usukis! Your pet can have fun
other ways. Take your pet to another world such as Mystery Island or Meridell,
or try playing games with your pet. Don't bother buying your pet 50,000 NP plushies
when all they really need is one or two toys to last the rainy days with.
Step 3: The RIGHT Dinner
When you come home and meet your pets to feed them for dinner, you don't want
them begging for some insanely high priced food, plus you don't want to have
to go out to the store and buy it. So prepare for dinner early. The perfect
meal is quite simple, really. All you need is some regular food, but nothing
gourmet, unless your pet isn't spoiled and is part of the gourmet club, and
nothing like berries, omelettes, or jelly. Also, dessert every night is definitely
not a great idea, but don't be afraid to serve dessert say, once a week.
Step 4: A Healthy Home
So you've recently purchased your own Neohome, or you are just considering redecorating.
Good idea, because a lot of your pet's attitude is reflected off where it lives.
Give your pet a nice, cozy room, not made out of anything like gold or cloud,
and get some nice furniture, but nothing too expensive. Also, make sure all
of your pets have similar rooms if you have more than one. I mean, don't give
one pet a plain old wood bedroom, and another a jelly bedroom. This can make
one of your pets conceited and the others feel bad.
Step 5: You Greedy, Greedy Pet
So, your pet has forty plushies, thirteen Usukis, nineteen unread books, and
twenty-nine grooming items. AHHH! Here's a tip: have a yard sale and sell them!
Only keep about three of each, five at the most. Your pet doesn't need all that
stuff, silly! Once they get used to having only a few things, they'll be delighted.
Step 6: Budget, Baby!
I know it sounds tough, but have a budget for each pet, and keep track of it.
Say to yourself, I am going to only spend up to 2,000 Neopoints on each pet
per week. Start at 2,000, and as your time on Neopets goes on you will find
spending only 2,000 won't be a challenge anymore, so lower it to 1,000. Soon
you will have saved even more Neopoints than you can think and your pets will
definitely not be as spoiled.
Step 7: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
Keep going through this process over and over and your pets will not only be
incredibly humble, they will be incredibly giving, too. Remember that one time
when you caught them trying to shoplift from the Health Food Shop? Well, next
time it will be you catching them donating a lot of your Neopoints to the Money
I hope I have helped you, and good luck un-spoiling your pet! Please send
me feedback on if me tips helped you or not, and how your pet is now. ;-)