aha, there we go, talked to a mod and got an explanation that phbb forums are notoriously difficult on any mention of anything that may hint of piracy, including downloading abandonware.
but, guide up again! on the remaining nexus of petz fandom! http://petzforum.proboards.com/thread/66307/overview-windows-petz-play-nicely
just you know with step zero of "acquiring petz 5" replaced by me doing the linguistic equivalent of looking straight at the camera and giving a big ol' wink #petztalk
@wigglytuffitout huh, is that the later version of the "Catz: Your Computer Petz" CD i still have?