It's a simple game, really. You have a little yellow pet chick, which you name and accessorize. You can feed him, give him a bath, and as you take care of him, unlock more things to do with him, like play ball, video games, or take him cycling. Very lighthearted.
A mobile version of the game is available, along with sequels and spin-offs, like Can Your Lemon and Can Your Pet: Returns.
This game provides examples of:
- Anthropomorphic Food: The lemon in Can Your Lemon.
- Black Comedy: Pretty much the main reason the game exists.
- Blatant Lies: The original game's description states "There will be great messages at the end of the game". What you actually get probably wouldn't be considered "great".
- Cruelty Is the Only Option: The only way to "win" the original game is to click on the "bicycle" and shred and can your pet.
- Cruel Twist Ending: Clicking on the bicycle results in it turning out to be shredders, which chop up your pet and stuff them in a tin can.
- Double-Meaning Title: The game is titled Can Your Pet?, as if asking what your pet can do. It's actually asking if you want to can your pet (stuff them in a can).
- Downer Ending: The game ends with your pet chick getting killed and stuffed in a can.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In Can Your Pet: Returns, once you earn enough cans, you can choose to let your pet escape and survive.
- Feghoot: The entire game is incredibly short, and it all leads up to the dark punchline in which your pet is, indeed, canned.
- Idle Game: Can Your Pet: Returns becomes this once you upgrade enough times.
- Intentional Engrish for Funny: The games' text and descriptions in the App Store are deliberately written in broken English.
- Lighter and Softer: Can Your Pet: Returns tones down the blood and gore from the original game and includes an alternate happy end, though the black comedy and implications remain.
- New Game+: Restarting the game after completing it once updates the title screen to show a bloody and traumatized chick instead of a cute and happy one and adds an additional item to the room, the can of your previous pet.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The little chick.
- Stealth Pun: The game's title. It actually means stuffing your pet into a tin can.
- Surprise Creepy: The game, on the surface, appears like a simple, lighthearted children's pet simulator, but pushing the last option kills and shreds your pet.
- Video Game Caring Potential: You can play ball with your pet, give him food, give him a bath or, you know, not click on the "bicycle".
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: You can choose to push the "bicycle" button, which drops the chick into a pair of buzzsaws, before stuffing what's left into a tin can.
- Virtual Pet: The little pet chick in the original game, and the lemon in Can Your Lemon.