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"There are about 40 mini pet things (like the Baby-Behemoth) ready. We'll know exactly what role they serve in phase 1 of the beta. The 3 things in the Year of the Snake illustration are included in that 40. (For what purpose exactly has got me thinking. Some people on 2ch are thinking they might have some kind of retainer role!)"
probably not-combat pets (have no sense to get combat pets when we are getting combat chocobos) so i can imagine this is for housing, feeding, fun.