As of 2014, Nano Pets can be purchased at online retailers such as eBay, Amazon or Tamenagerie. Tamenagerie sells items in their original packages and does not accept returns nor provides refunds. Nano Pets are difficult to find online, and the quantity and styles sold at Tamenagerie are limited.
According to The Independent Florida Alligator, Nano Pets can teach children responsibility similar to the effect of owning a real pet. However it may cause a distraction if children play with it during school hours. The Nano Pet often dies, and the game must be reset periodically by pushing the reset button with a thin object such as a pencil tip. There are different versions of Nano Pets, including puppies, kittens, dinosaurs and even babies. Owners of Nano Pets can virtually feed, play games and clean up after their pet according to The Independent Florida Alligator.
Virtual pets are usually kept for companionship or enjoyment. PETA suggests that manipulating a virtual pet and taking care of it through simulation can help people discover if they are indeed ready to take care of a real animal in regards to the commitment involved. Another benefit to a virtual pet is that if the owner cannot care for the pet, a real animal will not suffer. In addition, a child with allergies can own a Nano Pet.