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The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff Review

The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff Pack is the 14th Stuff Pack in the series which adds a little bit for Toddlers, Kids, Adults and..um…Pets?

That’s right. The My First Pet Pack is the first Pack in The Sims Franchise which requires another Pack (in this case the Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack) in order to unlock this pack’s full potential. Does all of this complexity make the pack worth it? Find out in our review!

Game Review Standards

This review is based on 5+ hours of gameplay.  Even though I was given an early review copy by EA to test the game, I am not by any means paid or bribed to state positive (or negative) opinions about this game pack.  I will give my honest opinion of the stuff pack; its content and what it brings to the game.

Create A Sim

My First Pet Stuff Pack offers new CAS items for Sims (and Pets) of all ages.

First off, there are several new outfits and hats that you can put on your Cats & Dogs. They’re cute, but almost all of the new items are pretty much conversions from Base Game outfits for Sims but made for Pets. The content that’s available for both Cats and Dogs looks like something that a modder could’ve converted in a matter of few weeks and, beside the new banana outfit for dogs and a bee outfit for cats, everything else looks pretty much the same in terms of originality. Yeah, it’s fun to dress up your Cat or a Dog to match with your Sim’s outfit but that idea could’ve been left for modders and custom content creators to figure out while The Sims Team decides to create more original outfits for Pets. However, that isn’t the case and you get more of the same.

I was deeply disappointed by the new additions for Sims as well. Other than 2 new hairstyles, a hamster onesie and a sweatshirt with a hamster hoodie there isn’t anything unique or particular that makes it stand out. There aren’t even new Styled Looks for Adult Sims and only 1 Styled Look for Toddlers and Children (both of which are unisex) which proves that there isn’t anything unique in CAS. Even the Styled Looks that you get are basically one outfit applied to your Toddler / Child.

Check out the full CAS Overview here!

Build Items

The new build items in The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff Pack are underwhelming. The minute I went through the My First Pet catalog I immediately felt like I was going through a Kids Room / Toddler Stuff Pack catalog which definitely doesn’t sound too good. My First Pet tries to blend the playful elements and colors that you’ve seen in those 2 packs and combined you get…uhm…Kids Room / Toddler Stuff but for your pets?

Too bad that’s not the case either because of the fact that there are only so little items for pets that definitely makes me doubt why did The Sims Team pull this risky move and tried to crossover a Stuff Pack with an Expansion Pack. You only get a few new beds for your Pets, a litter box, a food bowl, toy chest and modern pet doors. You’d expect that Cats and Dogs would be treated with a new interactive item – considering that the pack does require Cats & Dogs to play and considering that, once again, this is a risky move from The Sims Team – but nope. All your Pets get are the same items from Cats & Dogs but done a little bit differently.

The only thing I truly admire in this pack is the Aquarium Coffee Table. I’d totally love if there were more aquatic items in this Stuff Pack like this one.

Check out the full Build Items Overview here!

Gameplay

This Stuff Pack solely focuses on Hamsters. Well, rodents to be more exact because you get 4 types of rodents and those are Mice, Hedgehogs, Bubalus and Hamsters. All of them are pretty much the same and care for one thing only – your Sim’s attention.

Just like with Cats and Dogs you take care of them, socialize with them, feed them and make sure they don’t die. Sims can also build a relationship with them, unlocking new interactions as they progress in the relationship.

They’re fun to observe and focus on from time to time – especially during 1AM when these rodents usually live their life to the fullest by throwing a dance party, blasting off in a rocket or doing top secret stuff in their lab.

My favorite addition is the homage to the Guinea Pig disease from The Sims 1 Livin Large. If your Sim gets bitten by a rodent they have a chance to eventually get worse, leading it up to more sickness including sneezing and throwing up. Sims near your Sim also have a chance to get infected by this disease so you need to be really careful who’s around your ill Sim. If you decide not to treat your Sim by purchasing the medicine from the Computer the Sim will die after 3 days. It’s a new death type and, even though the ghost looks really hilarious it doesn’t bring anything new in terms of gameplay.

The rodents are a cute addition but it’s definitely something we could’ve seen in Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack instead as it doesn’t really make me say “Wow, there’s so much unique gameplay for rodents that I’m glad it’s in a standalone Stuff Pack”.

The Verdict

I had high expectations from this Stuff Pack considering it requires Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack in order to unlock its full potential. Sure, you can also install and use the pack without this Expansion Pack but even with Cats & Dogs installed and everything set up there’s still originality that’s missing from this Stuff Pack. Previous Stuff Packs had a clear theme and goal – they mostly focus on one age group and one theme of items. The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff Pack tries to satisfy simmers with new content for Toddlers, Kids, Adults, Cats and Dogs with a theme of objects which have already been seen in previous Stuff Packs such as Kids Room and Toddler Stuff – resulting in a very random set of items full of recolors and conversions.

About the author

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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  • Thank you for your honest review. Perhaps waiting for a sale/bundle might be a better option for those who might want it.

    • There is a bundle with every new game pack and it includes the new game pack and two stuff packs. The last one to come out included Jungle Adventure, Toddler Stuff and Fitness Stuff, so the next one will include a new game pack, Laundry Stuff and My First Pet Stuff. I wait for those bundles as you generally get at least one pack free that way 🙂

  • Thank you for reviewing this brand new stuff pack. It turned out to be so and so, but other packs will arrive after this one! And those cannot get any worse 😀

  • I completely agree with the review. I’ve just played it for about an hour and honestly it’s a waste of money. There’s nothing exciting for the sims in CAS and personally I didn’t like any additions for the pets in CAS. There weren’t even any new collar options. The rodents are okay, but I’d love reptiles! And as far as I can tell, you can’t pick out the color or anything. All of the build mode items are absolutely pointless except for the fish coffee table. If you must have it, wait for a bundle. It’s not worth it to get it now, trust me.

  • I honestly hope they learnt from this. But also doubt they care about what their customers have been saying since they never address anyone’s complaints on facebook.

  • I agree with your review but I just thought I’d let you know, there are no mice in the pack. They’re pet rats and some might argue that they’re the same thing, this I disagree with. This pack was very disappointing for me as I wanted to re-create my pet rats and my hamster in the Sims world and I wasn’t happy when I found out you can only get each small animal in one colour. Also I was horrified to see the cage setup for these animals, I know it’s a game but they could of done a bit of research and tried to make it look like these animals are happy in their cages, in real life, if I put my pet rats in a cage like that, they wouldn’t last 3 weeks lol speaking of which, in this pack, they only last 3 weeks unless fed a special treat to be made immortal. I’m sorry EA but this pack is barely worth a fiver…

    • Omg. Fellow rat lover here and I was also so dissappointed about the limited options D:. This pack was so disappointing. I think Sims 3 honestly did a better job…

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