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Pets in The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs have 9 different emotions

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Just like Sims in The Sims 4 have different emotional states that make them react differently to various situations, Pets in The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs have a similar emotional system as well with x different emotions:

  • Angry
  • Anxious
  • Ashamed
  • Flirty
  • Happy
  • Excited
  • Mopey
  • Sad
  • Scared

The autonomous behavior of your Pet will be affected by their emotional state. For example: Pets who are scared are more likely to run away from your home.

Different interactions and socialization options with your Pet will trigger and cause different emotional states.

Although Cats and Dogs don’t have their own user interface you can watch your pets and their behavior and thought bubbles for more information about their current emotional state.

We’ll go deeper into pet behaviour and what triggers these emotional states and how to control them. Until then enjoy these random screenshots of my dog influenced by various emotional states!

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Jovan Jovic

Founder of the Sims Community website. I do plenty of things around here including writing articles such as "Top 10 Disney Princesses in The Sims", social media management, video content creation, streaming and more!


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  • I am new to Sims4. I have played Sims Free play for 4 years and then the recent Sims mobile. I’ve been thinking about it for quite sometime and then it went on sale, so I purchased the base game through origin about a month ago. I then got the Dining one & parenting one. I really love the game, but I don’t like the dark element of it. So far the game has tried to kill my father in a kitchen fire when his wife was pregnant and already had a toddler. Then last night social services took my twin toddler away while I was out with the eldest teen on a date. Now do we have to worry about pets running away?? I love Sims and obviously I never save the game when something crazy happens, but I was almost in tears when my toddler twin was gone when my teen arrived home from her date. That’s just insane. Why does the game do this dark stuff? I assume most people are like me and do not save the game when something like that happens. I’ve looked all over for tips on Sims 4 and haven’t found a lot other than youtube and a couple blogs. I will bookmark tnis site too. Does anyone have any helpful tips? Thanks a bunch!

  • Very interested to read more about pets being scared because my cats seem to always be scared of something. I’m talking all the time, every time you ask what’s wrong it’s “so and so is just a little afraid of something and needs a minute to calm down.” like wtf are they so scared of and how do I make it stop? Interacting with them seems to only distract them for a minute or two.

  • So one of my sims dog is being flirty I assume? Their thought bubble is two dogs in a heart and I’ve no idea how this happened or what I can do to change their emotion.