Tea pets are fun objects used to enhance the experiences of tea brewing. The most common tea pets are made of the following materials Zisha, resin or ceramic.
Some tea pets are for decoration only. For example the resin figures ( fat Buddhas, lions etc) are made cute and will increase in shine with time after being 'nourished' by being poured by tea/hot water repeatedly. The others play certain 'tricks', for example using the internal cavity to store water when cooling and then squirting it out when next being in contact with hot water.