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Caring for Pet Rocks - Should You Get a Pet Rock?

Updated on October 7, 2008

Pet Rocks

It was always a joke when I was volunteering what type of pets certain people should have. Because if you think about it every person has the patience, time, and money for certain pets. Some people want minimal care and find fish their passion, other people choose cats, hamsters, birds, reptiles, dogs, insects, as well as other pets.

It was always funny to talk to the different people about their pets or about what type of pet they were thinking about getting

And, trust me, there were some people you just wanted to go outside and hand them a rock, and tell them that that's all they need. I mean there's nothing wrong with a pet rock. You can paint it and lug it around. Pet rocks don't require much.

Some people are just pet rock people... That's all there is to it... 

Flickr Image by Jamovenkilt
Flickr Image by Jamovenkilt

Pet Rock Kit

Rock Pets - Turtle
Rock Pets - Turtle

Everyone loves turtles, so have a simple to care for pet turtle that doesn't require feeding or enclosure care. This kit contains 1 rock pet, 6 paints, paint brush, easy instructions.


Caring for Pet Rocks

If you are thinking about a pet, and you want a pet that has the simplest care, a pet rock is the pet for you. Check it out, I've outlayed the basics to caring for a pet rock, but because it's been a while since I've ever thought about having a pet rock, if you can think of other care tips, leave your tip below. 

Size: Depending on what rock you choose, you will find that you have tons of options. If you just want something that you can take everywhere with you whether that's the movies, dinner, school, work, or shopping, you'll probably want something that fits in your pocket or purse. If you just want something that you can come home and cuddle with, try something a little bigger, but remember the bigger your pet rock is, the heavier it will be.

Color: Pet rocks come in a variety of colors and shapes, so for the most part you can pick your pet and pick it to your tastes. Plus, the cool thing is that if you're not 100% happy, you can use an acrylic paint and design your pet rock. Below, I've actually listed a complete kit to paint and decorate your pet rock.

Enclosure: Optional. You may want to grab a towel or get fancy and make a small pillow for your pet rock to sleep on, but the size of the enclosure, if you even want to give your pet rock something that he can feel save in, the size will be up to you.

Décor: Like I said above, all your pet rock really needs is a nice pillow to sleep on. Because you really don't need an enclosure, the décor is up to you. If you opt for an enclosure, I'd recommend a little grass that your pet rock can bask on and maybe a nice overhead lamp in case he wants to bask a little, but it's not really necessary.

Exercise: Little to none. Pet rocks are pretty laid back, and believe it or not they're the only pet that doesn't have a risk of obesity, so you don't have to worry about walking them, playing fetch or any other game, or any other form of exercise.

Diet: Pet rocks have the best diet. It's cheap, easy and you never have to worry about making sure that they get the proper nutrients. What's the diet? They're on one 24/7 which means they never have to eat.

Companionship: The cool thing about rocks is that unlike most pets that need companions, like cats, dogs, ferrets, chinchillas, and some fish, pet rocks don't. They can live perfectly happy as a solitary pet in your care. But, if you think you're pet rock is lonely, you may want to get a pet leaf or another pet rock. A pet frog rock and a pet turtle rock would be great friends.

Health: Pet rocks are probably one of the healthiest pets that you can find. They never get sick, and they never need vaccinations from a vet.

Pet rocks are for all ages

You may think that pet rocks are for kids because you had one when you were a kid, or at least maybe you thought about it, but pet rocks are for all ages- young and old.

There are so many people who do not want the responsibility of making sure that a pet dog, cat, reptile, bird, small mammal, etc. is taken care of properly in terms of diet, exercise, enclosure, and overall care.

And sometimes, people just don't want to have to remember regular vet visits and proper enclosure temperatures. It's just so much easier to take care of a pet rock than it is to make sure that your pet cat is eating diet that is ensuring that she gets all her essential vitamins and minerals. 

Basically, the criteria for person thinking about caring for a pet rock include a person who:

  • Doesn't care what food goes into the pet's mouth. IE whether or not the diet is premium or garbage.
  • Doesn't particular want to take the pet for regular vet visit.
  • Doesn't feel like spending the money when there may be something wrong with your pet, in terms of emergency vet care.
  • Doesn't want to do much research before getting the pet, to ensure that you know how to properly care for it. 
  • Doesn't want to spend time exercising the pet.
  • And, a person who works all the time, and isn't quite sure if he/she will have time to make sure that the pet is fed on a schedule, walked on a schedule, and cared for in general, should have a pet rock

Do you know someone who needs a pet rock?

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If yes to the above question, are you that person?

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      laloo j 2 years ago

      I made a rock pet today june 24 2015. Her name is slithers. She is a snake. She is light blue with balck eyes......... i found a good way to make the eyes pop out. Put a dot of hoot glue where the eyes are going to be. Then paint it. :) ;)

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      sam 5 years ago

      pet rocks are really fun i have 6 and i enjoy them very much . i recommend them

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      DoItForHer 5 years ago

      A lot of people in my community had pet rocks. Unfortunately, a handful of them had pit fighting and trained the rocks to attack each other for sport (if that's what you want to call it). Some also trained them to attack. This caused a lot of broken windows and injuries to people and non-mineral pets.

      Now we have RSL: Rock Specific Legislation. Except for the ones grandfathered in, no one can own a pet rock in this city.

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      rock person 5 years ago

      I just got a rock named Stone he's awesome

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      Mic 5 years ago

      I once hade one named zucchini .... It was long and kind of round

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      Ember 5 years ago

      I have a pet rock named otzi and eywis (my substitute to he/she)awesome!!! ^^

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      kiara 5 years ago

      i have too pet rocks....One is named rokkie and one is nammed penuts.I give them a bath every day and they are always up too no good.that's okay its just that they are having fun and they are the bestist friends ever...Well i think :3

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      Logan Bennett 5 years ago

      I have a pet rock named Carl Eugine Bennett and he rocks. He's about 5 ounces and loves to go outside. I almost killed my cat when he peed on Carl's house. Now I have a rock sitting business,adoption center, and grooming service in Hinton,West Virginia.

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      lauryn 5 years ago

      I really want one really bad they seem really cool ...GIVE ME ONE NOW. Just kidding.

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      Sandra and Peggy 6 years ago

      Hello I have a pet rock named Peggy and I totally love her more than anything it made me feel so good to know that other people have pet rocks two long story short Peggy has a husband and four kids their names are phineas (husband) perrnele phionix Petra phersophe (kids) oh and just a little tip I'd recommend keeping a diary with ur rock

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      winwin 6 years ago

      great explantion i have a pet rock and her name is bambo she ROCKS

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      Inka 6 years ago

      I own 5 pet rocks, and my brother owns one as well. We have a little habitat for them and we play with them everyday. I am a pet rock breeder and actually have my own pet rock adoption center.

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      Prapti 6 years ago

      I have a pet rock named Aunt Jemimah(": She likes pancakes(:

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      sam the man 6 years ago

      i have two pet rocks there names are sushi and frisky they ROCK

      rock on pet rock owners sam,out

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      Madison Proud 6 years ago

      I have 2 pet rocks named Rocky and Roxie,but I sometimes get their names mixed up:).They live in a large box with a bed,a chair,and a TV.Roxie is made of gold.

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      Harper 6 years ago

      I introducted my new pet rock Georjaro III (pronounced Jor-jar-o)to his new home frog's old fish tank. He seems very happy in there. I think that everyone should have at least one pet rock. They are the cutest little things ever and make great companions. Plus my mom loves him because he is one of those non-shedding breeds.

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      Ami 6 years ago

      i want one

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      Ami 6 years ago

      i REALLY want one but my dad wont let me


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      kayla 6 years ago

      i have two grown rocks and eight baby ones the dads name is Platue the moms name is silver 7 babies got adopted so my little one is named snowey because its white

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      Mallorie 7 years ago

      I have a baby pet rock name Avery Michelle. She is two weeks & is my first!!!

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      bb 7 years ago

      I love pet rocks i have a total of 1245 pet rocks all their own rooms

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      acim 7 years ago

      i love pet rocks!

      my rock's name is Roxan

      best pet ever all my frends want one!

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      Lisa 7 years ago

      You can make your own! Who wants to pay $1.75 for something you can make yourself.

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      poporules8 7 years ago

      i just got a pet rock and every week i take it to the spa with a mud bath and a hot tub and a i make it a little bathrobe

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      Num Num 7 years ago

      I keep mine in a shoebox.Is perfectly happy there.Loves dustbaths.

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      newbie 7 years ago

      dose anyone know a shop that sells them?

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      shelby baker 7 years ago

      Pet Rocks are awesome I have Two named Pepples and Sedi They get spa weekly.And Feast daily with 5 star swimming Pools complet with bubbly Hot tub.

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      me 7 years ago

      ummmmmmmmmmmmm... seems like hard work ;D jk

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      Person10134 7 years ago

      My pet rock LOVES to sit down on a comfy cusion and get cozy with a good book. :D

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      therockgirl 7 years ago

      my pet rock, lily is the best! she loves to swim and to go to the mall i made her!

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      Guest 7 years ago

      I just got a pet rock and I love it!

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      rock lover 7 years ago

      i love my pet rock his name is rocko he loves tv and laying back he works so well with my other pets to. so well im gonna open a pet rock orphanege :)

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      gertrude 8 years ago

      I have a pet rock named Tina, and she obeys me (:

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      tatyana g 8 years ago

      well, i personally think it's a great idea. my old pet rock michael died in a car accident. now i want another one. i went to a adoption center andi have one on my mind. i might get one so im excited. anyway, i just wanted to state that you should never paint it. that is cruelty. i also go against shoeboxes. i bought mine a birdhouse so it has a proper home. michael i later on found out is a girl. so obviously i had to go apologize and buy her bows. michael is very quiet and watched tv with me and went on motorcycle rides and i think she was the smartest pet rock ever. i miss her very much and i hope this helped.

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      Bianca Drumea 8 years ago

      Pet rocks: The best thing to make with your best buds!

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      Kelly Lubberman 8 years ago

      How and Where do u get a pet rock? cause i just got a rock and painted it and the paint peeled off so i said it was a lizzard.XC I really want a pet rock because ive heard so much about it.

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      nicko guzman 8 years ago

      Wait was this to prove many people are too lazy to own pets or to be funny because I was laughing when I saw this?

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      moonlake 9 years ago from America

      I've got enough pets no pet rock for me to much work.

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      gtrarmstrong 9 years ago

      Ha ha nice

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      gwendymom 9 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great Hub. Many people should own pet rocks instead of the poor animals they keep for pets. Loved the humor in this one.

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      Ryan Hupfer 9 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      I think that I can handle one of these guys...haha.

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      Erinn Soule 9 years ago from Los Angeles

      Yay! Finally a pet that I do not have to walk, feed, bathe, pick up after! Although my pitbull Baby will most likely eat the pet rock, haha! Great hub Whitney :)