With the release of My First Pet Stuff for EA’s The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs, interest in our simulated furry friends is at an all-time high.
Companion animals play a key role in all of our lives. Our pets live with us, grow with us, laugh and cry with us – they’re truly a part of the family. And the same is true for our Sim counterparts.
While there already are a lot of things to do with pets in the base game, the simulation is never complete. At least that’s what TS4 modders and CC creators seem to believe, and who am I to object?
For those of you who want to have even more fun with your little four-legged bundles of love, here are the absolute best pet-related mods every made, all downloadable for free!
20. Less Pet Barfing
We start with a small yet meaningful tweak that’ll make the pet-owning experience considerably less work-heavy.
In the base game, pets tend to barf with more frequency than even real pets.
The game’s base settings let them barf once every 30-60 minutes on average. Which is way too often.
This mod by creator Yakfarm simply increases the cooldown for the barfing action to 150-240 minutes, giving your sims more time to take care of themselves.
19. Playable Pets Mod
Another amazing mod to help you take care of your pets is the Playable Pets Mod, which lets you control your furry friends so they eat, drink, sleep or play whenever you tell them to.
This mod doesn’t add any new pet interactions. But simply lets you control them in the same way you would a sim.
It helps a lot with pet contests, training and simply keeping them from starving to death or relieving themselves in the carpet because the AI stupidly neglected to take care of itself.
18. Animal Lover Custom Trait
Some people just come into the world to love and interact with animals of all shapes and sizes.
And that’s what makes them feel fulfillment in life.
Thanks to modder Edespino, your sims can now embody these feelings through the Animal Lover trait.
This pushes them to play with their pets, collect frogs, become proficient at fishing, and makes them interested in becoming veterinarians – all through a variety of custom whims.
The trait also enables them to learn both fishing and veterinarian skills much faster, so they’ll be able to successfully follow their dreams!
17. Minor Pet Traits
With the recent addition of small animals came a whole slew of mods to flesh-out interaction with the tiny critters.
This mod by creator TwilightSims simply adds a couple of traits for Sims with strong feelings about small animals.
The “Loves Small Pets” trait will make them feel playful when interacting with them, while the “Hates Small Pets” one will make them feel uncomfortable around small creatures like hedgehogs and rats.
It also adds one for the marine-inclined, “Fish Fanatic”, which works just like Loves Small Pets… except it triggers when interacting with fish tanks or fishing.
16. Pets Can Find Pet Stuff on Other Floors
The Sims has always had its fair share of bugs. It’d be crazy to expect such a complex simulation not to have a couple of hiccups.
One of the most egregious ones yet unfixed in the base game is a pet’s apparent inability to find their litter boxes, food bowls, and even beds if they’re not on the same floor.
This often leads to uncomfortable situations like starving pets and wet carpets, which your sim will have to spend their precious time fixing.
Thanks to modder Deathcofi, it only takes a simple install to fix this issue and make your pets all the more self-sufficient.
15. Pernese Dragon Costume for Cats
With the release of the Realm of Magic expansion back in 2019, interest in adding magical creatures skyrocketed.
And with it we have a somewhat unique option of an adorable mod by EmilitaRabbit. It adds several colors to the small dragon costume for cats.
They may not be actual dragons, but there’s something magical about how cute they look.
These costumes are based on the Dragonriders of Pern novel series by Anne McCaffrey, hence the name. It’s oddly specific, but I ain’t complaining!
14. Dragon Package
But why stop at costumes?
Why not add actual dragons into your game?
Well, calling them “actual dragons” might be a bit much. This amazing mod by The Kalino replaces large dog meshes for that of small dragons, making your canine companions into veritable wyverns. Complete with wings and horns.
There are several colors available with tails, horns, and wings that you can mix and match to create the perfect magical familiar for your spellcaster sim.
13. K9 Officer Vest and Collar
Dogs don’t need scales and fire-breathing to be formidable, as is shown by K9 officers that work alongside police forces all around the world.
Modder EmilitaRabbit offers this very detailed vest for canine officers on-the-clock, as well as K9 collars to identify them during their free time.
This is a must-have for dog-loving detective sims who need a canine companion to have their back if things go south.
12. Small Dog BTS Hoodie
The Sims’ playerbase presents a sizable overlap with K-Pop fans. In part because there are simply so many nowadays.
For those fans, creator BeccAi has made these adorable tiny BTS hoodies for small dogs. This has several designs to show your love for one of the biggest pop groups in recent memory.
You probably have one just like these in your own closet, don’t you?
11. Small Dog Collars
Few things look as cute on small dogs as a tiny bandanna wrapped around their neck in place of a collar.
It’s a bit more human-like, which I guess is funny.
This mod by TheLittleCreator offers a total of six unique bandanas with chic designs to help your dog express their personality.
Olive camo, several colors of plaid, classic dog treat print and even an avocado pattern are great additions to any puppy’s wardrobe.
10. Crescent Moon for Cats & Kittens
Everyone knows Sailor Moon. It’s one of the most successful magical girl anime series ever, and the love towards the magical version of the Spice Girls spans multiple generations.
Creator Kalewa-a is a big fan of the series. So they made this little cat accessory to put some classic anime magic into their game.
It’s a crescent moon just like the one that famous black cat Luna has in the series, available in different colors to suit your tastes.
Now we only need a mod that turns your sims into magical girls.
9. Walk Your Cat
People have walked their dogs ever since keeping them as pets became a thing.
But have you ever seen somebody walking their cat?
Cats aren’t meant to be put on a leash and paraded around… and yet, some degenerates still do. And I have to admit few things are cuter than a grumpy cat letting themselves be dragged through the floor by a struggling owner.
Thanks to this mod by LittleMsSam, your Sims can now walk their cats as well. Except the cat will actually cooperate.
8. Pets Seasons Package
Humans and sims alike have different wardrobes depending on the seasons and such climatic factors, so why shouldn’t your pets?
Proficient modder and animal lover The Kalino took it upon herself to fix this by adding something for every season.
Dog coats for the winter, onesies for chilly autumn nights, and even tiny cat sunglasses for the summer!
7. Slower Pet Motive Decay
In real life, dogs want attention all the time. And cats don’t care about your sleeping schedule when it’s time to eat. It’s par for the course when you have a pet!
That said, pets in The Sims 4 are so needy it hurts. Quite literally!
It hurts your career, your social life, your sleep schedule… Sim pets are a full-time job.
This mod by SNTHE greatly diminishes their need for human attention by making their motive bars deplete much slower, giving your Sims their life back.
You’ll still have to play with them or clean the floor from time to time, but it’s much more manageable.
6. Cutie Pie Cat Eyes
Eyes are the windows of the soul. And few creatures have eyes as mysterious and captivating as our feline friends.
This mod by MadameChvlr seeks to port some of this beauty to The Sims 4 with 10 sets of big, round and adorable eyes that are a considerable improvement over the somewhat soulless ones in the base game.
5. PralineSims’ Pet Eye Pack
Variety is the spice of life, and ten extra sets of eyes isn’t nearly enough for the average Sims player.
Proficient creator PralineSims offers us this massive collection of 54 new colors and textures to fill your cat’s ocular cavities.
Not only does it include a wide variety of colors, but also some unique ones like cloudy blind eyes and even unnatural marble eyes that make your feline friend look like a demon in kitten’s fur.
If you like these, be sure to check PralineSims’ TheSimsResource profile for more.
4. Small Dog Burberry Sweater Collection
If you’re truly committed to the dog-lover life, you want to give your canine friends the best money can buy.
This massive CC pack by creator PinkZombieCupcakes gives you access to 48 different Burberry sweater designs to make your small dogs look adorable and warm.
Whether you like sober plaid, colorful stripes, or playful paw print – you’ll find something you like here.
Just because they’re dogs doesn’t mean they don’t want to dress well!
3. Small Animal Package
The recent My First Pet Stuff pack added plenty of new small animals for you to play with, but why not take it all the way and turn your home into a veritable small animal zoo?
It adds 20 new critters to The Sims 4, including squirrels, chinchillas, lizards, and even turtles to care for in the same way you’d care for the official small animals.
In addition it features six small animal cage re-colors with more natural tones to help preserve your carefully designed interiors cohesive and tasteful.
2. Applied Animal Behaviorist Aspiration
Most Sims are pretty fond of animals. But in real life, some people are truly obsessed with our companions on planet Earth.
This mod by IlkaVelle lets your Sims become passionate about them as well thanks to the Applied Animal Behaviorist aspiration, which essentially means they want to become the Dog Whisperer.
A sim with this aspiration will always want to be around animals, befriending and training them so they can live in harmony with humans and perform better in contests.
Achieve every objective in this aspiration and you’ll get the Behaviorist Wisdom trait. From this it helps you reach a point where you’re so good at communicating with animals, they’ll be able to fill their motives just by having a comforting talk with them.
Strange, yet charming.
1. Animal Rescue Mod
Out of every amazing pet-centric mod we’ve covered in this list, my favorite is Animal Rescue by PurpleThistles.
It adds a very fleshed-out Animal Rescuer career to The Sims 4.
Sims following this career path will make adopting strays, training them to be exemplar pets, and putting them up for adoption.
They’ll hone their skills, expand their business, and give many lonely animals a new home.
It also adds statistics showing how many pets your animal rescuer has adopted, spayed, or re-homed throughout their career. So at the end of their lives they can look back and feel like they truly made a difference.
The free way to adopt a pet is to adopt a stray. When mousing over any pet out in the neighborhood, the word "Stray" in red font will appear on their nameplate if they are unowned. If your Sim befriends the pet off their home lot and raises the relationship meter high enough, the "Adopt" social interaction will appear.Is there a mod to get pets in Sims 4? ›
This mod gives you the ability to select your pets and play as them, but it also gives them their own needs and unique behaviors that you can have fun with.
- Find a wild rabbit tree stump and use the “Lure Out Rabbits” interaction to see if any rabbits are home! ...
- The more your friendship evolves, the more you'll be able to do with your new friend!
- 50 popular girl puppy names: Luna. Bella. Daisy. Lucy. Bailey. Coco. Lola. Nala. Sadie. Stella. Penny. Molly. Maggie. Rosie. Zoey. Ruby. Lily. Nova. Ellie. Chloe. Pepper. ...
- 50 popular boy puppy names: Charlie. Max. Milo. Cooper. Rocky. Buddy. Bear. Teddy. Harley. Duke. Zeus. Blue. Jack. Loki. Leo. Oliver. Tucker. Koda. Toby. Bentley.
Sims cannot be veterinarians as a conventional career, so it's unlikely a first-generation Sim will need this skill until they get wealthy enough to own their own business. Veterinarian is an odd skill in that it doesn't really need to be power-leveled.Can dogs get pregnant in Sims 4? ›
Pets take less time to gestate than human Sims; it will likely take only two Sim days. Once they are ready to give birth, they will do so immediately; you will not need to go to the vet. Pets almost always give birth to twins but won't have as large of litters as in reality.Will there be a Sims 4 horses? ›
Producer Antonio Romeo, aka SimGuruRomeo, responded to this topic in a Twitter post, explaining that the team felt they couldn't do horses justice with the resources they had and chose to prioritise other animals. "Making horses with the quality and depth of gameplay they deserve is a substantial undertaking," he said.What drinks get Sims drunk? ›
Drinking too much Kombucha results in the sim getting dazed. Sims can purchase a home bar and can learn the mixology skill. Though the bottles are not specifically detailed, it can be assumed that they are alcoholic. Sims can get dazed (which is the equivalent to drunk) by too much drinks and coffee.Is The Sims 5 coming? ›
Explainer. (Pocket-lint) - After plenty of rumours and speculation, The Sims 5 is official. It is being developed under the codename "Project Rene" and is still some way off from release, but the team behind it confirmed some details during The Sims Summit streamed online on 18 October 2022.When did Sims 5 release? ›
The Sims 5 potential release date: When is it coming out? While Project Rene has been officially unveiled, the release of the fifth core Sims game is still a while off, maybe as late as sometime in 2025.
Sims can adopt children in The Sims 4. Adoption is gated only by whether the Sim family can afford the initial §1,000 fee, whether it's a single Sim or a larger family.Can you Adopt foxes Sims 4? ›
The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs
Like other dog breeds, foxes and fox crossbreeds occasionally appear as randomly generated strays in Brindleton Bay, as well as pets in randomly generated households. They can be adopted by Sims and can mate with dogs. The default traits for foxes are independent and troublemaker.
In addition to the standard three styles of chicken you can purchase directly from the coop, you can turn any of your adult hens or roosters into a Golden Hen/Rooster or an Evil Hen/Rooster by feeding them animal treats. Golden Treats create Golden Chickens and Obsidian Treats create Evil Chickens.What is the #1 dog name? ›
The top ten list, in order by popularity for both male and female dogs combined, is: 1)“Bella” followed by; 2) “Luna;” 3) “Charlie;” 4) “Lucy;” 5) “Cooper;” 6) “Max;” 7) “Bailey;” 8) “Daisy;” 9) “Sadie,” and; 10) “Lola.”What's a badass name for a girl dog? ›
The only "behavior" pets cannot be trained out of is when they go into heat, which is where they sit and howl with hearts swirling around them. Pets do not mate on their own without your command, but a pet in heat will be distracted and may not be able to concentrate on any training or other commands.Do dogs chase off foxes Sims 4? ›
Llamas will spit at foxes trying to harm your livestock and dogs will chase foxes away from the property for you. You can also shoo them away yourself.Can Sims have tattoos? ›
Tattoos were introduced in the patch that accompanied The Sims 3: Ambitions, and reintroduced in The Sims 4. The tattoo system is part of Create a Sim, and it allows players to place designs on a Sim's upper, lower, or full back, or their neck, ankle, chest, stomach, wrist, shoulder, biceps, or forearm.Can my Sim be a firefighter Sims 4? ›
Re: Cannot find firefighter career in sims 4? @Danniy_nadine What @Coley666 said; firefighter isn't a playable career in the Sims 4.Do Sims get a pension? ›
The Sims 4
Once retired, they will receive a pension daily at the time when they normally come home from work. After retiring, Sims can still go back to work, although this will cause them to lose the retirement benefits. This process can be repeated.
And they do exist—mules, for instance, are the result of a horse and donkey mating. But creating hybrids of animals that are very genetically distinct from each other—such as a dog and a cat—is scientifically impossible, as is one species giving birth to an entirely different one.Can cats mate with dogs Sims 4? ›
Cats and dogs are breedable with The Sims: Cats & Dogs expansion. Female cats and dogs may produce litters of between one and three offspring.Can Sims get pregnant with twins? ›
There is a small chance that any pregnancy in The Sims 4 will end up with twins; the odds of having twins is about 10% while the odds for triplets is about 1%. But just like players can influence the chances of having a boy or a girl baby, they can also up the chances of multiple births too.Can a sim become a werewolf? ›
The Sims 4 usually gives you a few different paths towards occult transformation, and becoming a werewolf is no exception. Below we'll outline all the different methods you can use to make your playable Sims into werewolves.Is there a vampire in Sims 4? ›
Like most other occult creature types in The Sims 4, vampires can be made in Create-A-Sim. You can enter CAS by starting a new game, or by creating a new household in an existing save file.Can cows get pregnant in Sims 4? ›
You cannot breed your cows and llamas; there are no baby cows or llamas. Only Young Adult and older animals, but this will tell you how close your animal is to passing from old age.Can Sims get pregnant on their own? ›
Initiating a pregnancy in The Sims 4 is opt-in rather than opt-out. Regular WooHoo never results in pregnancy, and Sims who are hoping to start a family in this way need to use the 'Try for Baby' option instead.Can Sims smoke? ›
Your Sims will only be able to use cannabis if the game is in drug mode. Once you're there, you have free rein to smoke however you want, sell weed, grow it, and more. Once you're in drug mode, the first thing you'll want to do is purchase weed.Is the Sims still $5? ›
Whether you pick it up on Amazon or on EA's own digital storefront, Origin, the price remains the same $5. It's part of EA's annual spring sale, which the publisher is starting a little early this year due to the worldwide pandemic.Why is The Sims $5? ›
The Sims announced the discounted price for The Sims 4 earlier this week, taking to Twitter to reveal that its spring sale has started "a little earlier this year." Many believe the low price points are in response to the coronavirus outbreak, which is of course leaving us all cooped up at home.
Given Miele's statements, it's safe to say that The Sims 5 will have major multiplayer components.Will The Sims 5 have packs? ›
Are there any game packs available for The Sims 5? As usual, with every version of The Sims comes a series of game packs, a slightly compact feature compared to EPs. Although none have been announced for Sims 5, Simmers can expect the medium-sized packs to arrive once the core game is made available.How do you get INF money on Sims 4? ›
How do you cheat for more Simoleons? For The Sims 4 money cheats: Typing “rosebud” or “kaching” would earn you 1,000 simoleons. Typing “motherlode” will get you 50,000 simoleons.Can one Sim have 100 babies? ›
To complete the 100 baby challenge in The Sims 4, players will have to create a matriarch Sim and have 100 babies, all with different Sims. Once the mother passes away, the youngest child is the next matriarch. It will require a lot of time and patience, so here are a couple of tips to help complete the challenge.Can Sims be homeless? ›
The goal of the Sims 4 Homeless Challenge is to make 5000 simoleons without the help of a house or a job. Whilst simultaneously staying alive with everything homelessness throws in your face… When you reach §5000 you can start to build a house.How do I make my Sim give birth? ›
Re: how do i make my sim give birth? Your sim has a moodlet with a pacifier icon during pregnancy which will tell you which trimester your sim is in. Once in the 3rd trimester they will go into labour about 5 hours (minutes) after. In labour it will take 3 hours (minutes) for the baby to be born.Is a fox a dog or a cat? ›
Biological Characteristics. The biological answer to whether foxes are cats or dogs is simple: they belong to the Canidae family, which means they are dogs.Should you befriend a fox? ›
No. Do not try to make foxes tame. While it is a great thrill to have wild foxes coming to take food from your hand, problems arise because many urban foxes are now so tame that they approach strangers in the expectation of being fed.Will a fox eat a cat or small dog? ›
Do foxes eat or attack cats, dogs or other pets? A typical adult cat is almost the same size as a fox and has a well-deserved reputation for self-defense, so foxes are generally uninterested in taking on cats. Kittens and very small (less than five pounds) adult cats, however, could be prey for a fox.Do maids hoover in Sims 4? ›
Maids will now vacuum your house for you. Butlers from Vintage Glamour Stuff do not appear to vacuum by default; however, they will start vacuuming autonomously if your Sim gifts them a vacuum. Children can use the handheld vacuums. Doing so builds their character values if Parenthood is installed.How do you get a pet in Sims 4 pets? ›
On the computer, hit 'Household' and go to 'Adopt', and there, you will get the option to get either a cat or dog. If you're using the phone, click the household icon and select 'Hire a Service'. When your sim finishes calling, select either 'Adopt Cat' or 'Adopt Dog'.Do you need Sims 4 Cats and Dogs for my first pet? ›
The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff can be purchased and played by anyone who only has The Sims 4 base game. If you play it without having The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs installed, here's a breakdown of how each portion of the pack works…How much is the pet pack in Sims 4? ›
Price. Cats & Dogs was priced at $39.99 USD and £29.99 GBP at launch, the same as the original pricing of an expansion pack for The Sims 3.Can pets be familiars Sims 4? ›
Using a Pet as a Familiar
To bind your Sim's cat or dog as a Familiar, click on it and then on "Bind" under the Familiars menu in the Magic sub-menu. You'll then need to Summon it which you do from the same menu as the others.
You can pet meow to keep Meow happy. Move your mouse over Meow for 2 seconds and you will start petting it. Meow will go to sleep by itself when it feels tired. Press the puzzle icon to open extensions and choose the one with a cat paw.Can you hire a dog walker in Sims 4? ›
Via the Phone (Household Menu) you are now able to hire a Dog Walker or a Dog Jogger. The Dog Walker/Jogger will arrive right away and will go for a Walk/Jog with your Dog. You can hire up to two Dog Walker or Dog Jogger.Can you get a hamster in Sims 4? ›
Add a habitat to your household with all-new small pets like a hamster, rat, pygmy hedgehog, or miniature bubalus! Have your Sims name their new pet and learn how to take care of them, whether its spending time playing or keeping them clean and healthy. Your Sims have lots to learn!What's better to get first a dog or a cat? ›
In the most general terms, though, the best strategy would be to adopt first a middle-aged, well-mannered dog who shows little interest in cats, and then a kitten who has been raised in a household with friendly or indifferent dogs around.Can Sims get drunk? ›
Sims can get dazed (which is the equivalent to drunk) by too much drinks and coffee.
Most dogs dislike being touched on top of the head and on the muzzle, ears, legs, paws and tail. Slow petting, similar to gentle massage or light scratching, can calm a dog down. Place your hand on an area where the dog enjoys being handled and gently move your hand or fingers in the same direction the fur lies.