With Christmas just around the corner, many families may be getting an extra addition in the form of a cuddly kitten or bouncing puppy.
Some of these potential pet owners are getting in some virtual practice by playing a game called Pet Society before making the jump to the real thing. The game lets you create and look after your own virtual pet via social networking sites Facebook, Myspace and Bebo.
For those new to caring for pets and about to embark on the real deal, here are our top 10 tips on how best to look after your animals.
For more information on PetSociety, go to www.playfish.com/?page=game_pets
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