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How to Make Your Own Free Desktop Pets

Updated February 21, 2017

Pets are good for your health and can improve your mental well-being, according to a study conducted in 2010 by researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia. But not everyone has the space, money or time to accommodate and care for a pet. Downloading a virtual pet for your desktop can be an easy solution for pet lovers who deal with these obstacles to owning a pet. Virtual desktops pets are especially ideal for those who spend a lot of time on their computers and having one even allows you to bring your pets to work, a luxury afforded to very few.

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  1. Research websites that offer free pet desktop programs. Some suggested websites that offer free downloads are Screen Mates and Rocket Download. Both will let you download cats and dogs on your desktop. AV Digital Talking Pet and Pet Desktop Bird allow you to adopt a virtual pet bird.

  2. Download the application. Some programs don't require you to install the program. Most will work on Windows XP and Vista.

  3. Select "Run" or "Open" if you want to run the installer from the website.

  4. Click on "Save" or "Save As" if you prefer to run the program from your computer.

  5. Double-click on program or search from it from the "Start" menu to run the program.

  6. Customise your pet and add optional features, such as backgrounds for your pets, tricks to teach your pet, desktop icons for your pets, and more.

  7. Tip

    Some programs may require Flash 7 or higher to download desktop pets.

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Things You'll Need

  • Computer

About the Author

Krista Martin has been writing professionally since 2005. She has written for magazines, newspapers and websites including Live Listings, "Homes & Living" magazine and the "Metro Newspaper." Martin holds an honors Bachelor of Arts in English from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Journalism from the University of Westminster.

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