PET CENTRAL - Admit it. Every single one of us, at some point, has wanted to win
1,000,000 NPs, or get that cool new paintbrush, or buy that Cool Negg. Sometimes
we get so wrapped up in contests and Neofriends and paintbrushes that we forget
one of the most important goals: to take care of our pets. I'm not asking you
to spoil your pets silly. I couldn't have spent more than 3000 NPs on my four
pets, and all of them are in a "delighted" mood. Here are 10 tried-and-true tricks
to make your pet happy, healthy, and strong:
1) FEED YOUR PET! This is one of the most important things to remember.
There are tons of ways to get food. I usually pay 50-100 NPs for food-doughnuts,
baguettes, pretzels, fruits, veggies, and chocolate chip cookies are my pets'
main diet. You can also get an omelette from Tyrannia, baked beans from Tombola
or the Money Tree, or health food from Grundo's Gym-all for free! Win food from
games like Dice-A-Roo, or go to the Healing Springs to fill your pet up. Don't
buy food from a shop that's overpriced-why would anyone pay 8000 NPs for a loaf
2) EXERCISE OFTEN! Go to the Grundo's Gym to exercise your pets, increase
your pet's agility, earn you NPs, and give you the occasional veggie! It can
be extremely rewarding!
3) PLAYTIME! Your pet loves toys (who doesn't?), so play with him or
her often. If you went to the Advent Calendar last December, they gave out five
plushies and other various toys for absolutely no cost! The Wheel of Misfortune
and the Snowager can both get you toys, too. The Toy Shop has some great deals
on toys, and the Igloo Garage Sale gives out boom boxes for 80 NPs and keyrings
for 20 NPs. Play with your pet once a day or two times every other day.
4) TIME FOR A BATH! Pets, especially Usuls, love being groomed. The
least you should do is occasionally wash and brush your pet. I recommend grooming
every two or so days, more if you want. Use soap, a brush, one hair thing (hair
gel, hairspray, etc.), a "fancy" thing like makeup or perfume, and something
to take care of your pet's teeth. If you check the grooming shop, you'll see
that most of those things can be bought for fewer than 100 NPs.
5) STORYTIME! I've never met a Neopet who didn't like to read. Books
are on the expensive side, but you can get yours for 200-500 NPs. Pets especially
love reading books about their heroes and Neopet type, so read your Usul a fashion
guide, read your Kyrii Confident Kyriis (it just happens to be that I have a
Kyrii and Usul)…
6) LET'S EXPLORE! Over the Meridell and through the Haunted Woods,
to Coltzan's Shrine we go…Exploring keeps your pets busy and happy. Note: "Exploring"
does not mean "spend a lot of money." There are plenty of fun, free things to
do. Read the Haiku Generator at Mystery Island, go window-shopping for Merry
Outfits at Happy Valley, or play Mummy Maze at Lost Desert.
7) VACATION! If your Neopet is stressed, tired, or recovering from
a disease, a trip to the Neolodge will do it good. Does your pet love Meridell?
Give him or her a visit to the Ye Old Ship Inn. Have a Usul? Send her to the
Neolodge with room service and grooming. Feel like splurging on your depressed
Neopet? Send it to dazzling Astrovilla to help it relax.
8) PYP! That stands for Pamper Your Pet! There are many ways to do
this. First, groom your Neopet and fill it up with a light snack. Then take
him or her to a concert, on a Tiki Tour, or to a dinner at the Golden Dubloon.
I do this often. Afterwards, I remove the makeup with soap and a towel, give
my pet a cup of tea, read him or her a story, and put it to bed.
9) ITCHY SCRATCHIES! There are several diseases that your Neopet can
catch. The only reason I called this "Itchy Scratchies" is because my Kyrii
caught that disease three times and my Usul caught it once! If your Neopet is
sick, please give it a cure immediately. After it is cured, he or she will still
be low on hit points, so raise those points with a refreshing drink, a medicinal
plant, a trip to the Healing Springs, or a Neolodge visit.
10) I'M NOT A TOY! Our beloved pets have feelings. They like some things
and don't like other things. I'm sure that they don't like being treated like
new toys. All of the pets are beautiful (except for Skeiths). So why is it that
people think that they absolutely must paint their pet? I'm not talking about
people who have painted their pet once. I'm talking about people who paint their
pets with the Halloween paintbrush, then Christmas, then desert, baby, and Faerie.
They're the first to get the new paint brush and paint their pets with it. If
you do that, then you're treating your Neopet like an easel. And you're wasting
a lot of NPs, too! Or someone who gets a pet and abandons it because another
one looks cuter. These things make your pet feel awful! When you get a Neopet,
just like a real pet, it should be a commitment for as long as you play Neopets.
And stay away from paintbrushes. If you win one, it's fine to paint your pet.
But if you use these ten tips, you'll give your pet a beautiful, happy glow
and smile, something that a paint brush can never achieve.