Cats & Dogs

No, Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack won’t only have Cats and Dogs

There seems to be a misunderstanding in the community where some simmers seem to think that The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack will only bring, well, Cats and Dogs. Although this Expansion Pack’s name could’ve been better, we’re here to set the record straight and let you know that no, Cats & Dogs won’t be the only animals in The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack.

Beside kittens, cats, puppies, small dogs and large dogs, there are also foxes! They don’t act like any other NPC animal – they can be created in Create A Pet and added to your household!

We still have to find out what specific gameplay will come with foxes, but we’re almost sure that they won’t act entirely like dogs.

In an interview with GamesRadar+, Grant Rodiek confirmed that there will also be racoons! However, we’re not sure if they’ll be anything different from raccoons in The Sims 3 Pets and if they bring unique gameplay.

SimGuruDrake confirmed that Raccoons are basically pets as well and that they can be created in Create A Pet!


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So, in conclusion, here are all the animals that you’ll be able to fully create and play with in The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack:

  • Puppies
  • Small Dogs
  • Large Dogs
  • Kittens
  • Cats
  • Foxes
  • Raccoons

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    • These are aim to be better with the sims 3. Quality over quantity. Would you rather have them include small pets that will basically just act as objects or have an active with business style mix veterinarian career?
      The Cats and Dogs themselves will aim better as the way they act will be better than the sims 3 and not just sims with limited options, in which they will act more lifelike, challenging and surprising than TS3. They said that they focus on behavior of this new animals so if that is their main focus it will be had a higher chance better that sims 3 cats and dogs.

      • True, and I love that they are make something different that makes it new that just trying to be “better” than olders.. They’re taking a good way for me!

  • Damn, I got excited about this article for no reason. I thought it was going to talk about the possibilities of having birds, reptiles or small animals. Oh well. Whilst I do praise the Sims Team for adding such a unique animal, I would have preferred something that is normally domesticated, because in real life foxes aren’t fully domesticated yet, not to mention the fact that they make terrible pets.

      • If you’re talking about the Russian Foxes, that’s an experiment that is still going on today. As of August 2016, there are only 340 tamed foxes on their farm. Domestication takes a very long time; it’s not as if they can sell those foxes to people and it doesn’t change the fact that they still smell incredibly bad, they still make those awful noises, they still don’t make very good pets and their behavior is very much the same as that of a dog, meaning it’d be much less of a hassle to just get a dog. I’m not hating on foxes, I love animals, but what I’m telling you has been told to me by people who actually own foxes. They don’t make good pets, so we may as well leave them alone to be wild.

    • I dunno how hard is to add some birds and lizards or snakes. They don’t even need full animations. Is like they really want us to charge all separated. Like putting hot tubs out of Spa day into Perfect Patio. Or not putting toddler stuff in parenthood. Well at least those were GPs not EPs. But EPs they are like making so bare bones and dry. Makes me pissed tbh.

      • It would add to development time significantly, and further, they’d probably be lame objects that don’t do anything (like babies, frogs, fish, etc.) so it’s basically just flavor.

        As for “how hard” – they’d have to figure out designs for each animal, compile all of the art assets – for each species of bird/reptile, each color scheme (assuming you didn’t get CAP, if you included them in CAP that’s a lot more work), design animations (plan, wireframe, model, whatever), record and edit each sound the animal will produce, link all of the animation code to the art and sound, etc. and code all of the possible interactions, and then run it through QA testing. That’s just from my foggy recollection of game production when I worked for a much smaller dev. There’s even more to it than that.

        It isn’t a 20 minute or even 20 hour job, as you’d be adding more workload to several different teams (and thus a much broader increase in labor costs) — and that is even if it was the lame TS3, minimally interactive “small pets” that don’t do much.

    • I think it’s a really cool idea to be able to have pet foxes and raccoons in the game. It doesn’t need to be realistic in order to be cute or fun. I’m really hoping for a farm pack where they include llamas! Just cause that would be cool.

      I think the biggest reason that you get foxes and raccoons instead of any other small animal is because those are essentially a new type of “skin” for existing cats and dogs so it doesn’t require nearly as much effort and money to make. So why not really.

    • Uh, I’m pretty sure that’s something that would be possible. In fact, I don’t understand what makes you think it won’t be. I’m sure CAP will allow you to change the dog’s size.

  • Slightly click bait. We knew about the foxes from the trailer. When ppl see this they are expecting to read about caged and aquarium pets.

    • not everyone watched the trailer or realized it was a pet you could create in CAP or even noticed it,it did go by quickly. People were probably just thinking it was an wildanimla you could possible adopt but thanks to the tweet we know its a CAP thing

    • NOT EVERYONE KNEW IT WAS A PET OPTION! did you know it was a CAP(Create a Pet)option when you watched the video? i sure didn’t.

      • Will you chill out about defending their clickbait? It IS clickbait because all they could have done is make the title about foxes, which, as I’ve already told you, aren’t normally pets and don’t make good pets in real life. So of course there were people thinking this was about animals that are normally pets in real life. Just because *you* didn’t know it was a CAP option, doesn’t mean nobody else did. Some people did, some people didn’t. Don’t assume that everyone is like you.

        • To be fair, there are raccoons as well. So making the title about foxes wouldn’t be accurate. Plus, if you look closely you will see in those who claim it is clickbait say we and the defender says not everyone. I didn’t find out about foxes from the trailer. If anything clickbait claimed are those who are grouping everyone together. I don’t see what the issue is about there being foxes. This is the game with vampires and aliens. Small animals would be completely boring.

  • I really miss having the lizards and horses of past Sims games. But maybe we will have some other surprises with this expansion! 🙂

  • So what does that say about owning a horse likr we did in sims 3 think they should bring out a equestrian pack which allows horses as well

    • I don’t disagree that horses should be an option as a pet, but I think the reason we don’t have horses is the same reason we don’t have cars; our sims teleport everywhere and what are horses used for? Riding and transportation. Of course this doesn’t mean that you have to ride your horses if you own them, but I don’t think there are many people who own horses and just keep them in their stables without riding them. So it may be a matter of they’ll make a Farm Pack, and you have to own a farm before you can own a horse or any other farm animals. Who knows what they’ll do in the future.

  • I got all misty eyed @ the dog and cat trailer. I wasn’t going to get SIMS until they got pets. The world doesn’t seem real without them.

  • I am really looking forward to play with animals again, they have been missing for so long. It is a good start and I hope to see more farm, forest and exotic animals coming in the future. 🙂