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The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Review

After years of waiting and months of speculation The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack has finally hit the shelves. However, does it justify the long wait and the $40 price tag? Read our review to find out!

Game Review Standards

This review is based on 25+ 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 Expansion Pack.  I will give my honest opinion of this pack; its content and what it brings to the game.


Create A Pet

Create A Pet is so detailed in The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs. From the ability to pick and search for breeds to sculpting any part of their body – you’ll find yourself enjoying creating a creature that doesn’t even have to be a Cat or a Dog. Just look at this Tiger created using Create A Pet!

Created by TheKalinotr0n

One of the greatest thing about this pack is that it brings a tool so powerful that it throws shade at all other creative tools in The Sims 4. It’s so good that it makes you wonder “why can’t I do this for my Sims as well”.

Honestly though – even Pets now have better makeup options than Sims in The Sims 4. Can you draw a highlighter on your Sim’s cheekbone and set it to a certain opacity? Nope, but you can do that to your cats.

Please don’t do this to your pets in real life.

Create A Sim

After years of my complaining The Sims Team has delivered a somewhat equal amount for both Masculine and Feminine fashion choices. The difference was drastic in previous packs but in this pack you can really tell that the team has devoted their time into creating equal assets – and they’ve done a great job.

There are new assets for Sims of all ages and they are just pawesome!

Also, this feminine curly hairstyle has definitely raised some standards. More of these hairstyles in future content please!

Build Mode

Most of the new objects that revolve around indoor residental furnishing are country-themed objects – and it’s a breath of fresh air from all the modern items we have received with previous content!

There are only 2 things I dislike about Build Mode which will impact the rating of the build mode section greatly: lack of pet objects and an excessive amount of decals.

You’d think that you’d get more objects for a pack that revolves only around Cats & Dogs but nope – you only get basic objects to satisfy your pet needs including a refurbished toy box designed for pets and an obstacle course.

Was there really a need to add 67 decals?! I understand that it’s all cute and awesome to add cats and dogs imagery on your Vet Clinic sign or decorate your house with paw prints, but The Sims Team could’ve stopped at that and not create an excessive amount of decals. All of that work strenght could’ve been spent on new wallapapers / floors because compared to previous Expansion Packs this one lacks of them!

Brindleton Bay

Cats & Dogs comes with a new world called Brindleton Bay and it’s gorgeous in so many ways. Sure, there are only 4 neighborhoods / 16 lots in total but you get so much space to spend amazing moments with your Pets and take them to go out and explore.

There are some amazing details and features that are tied into each neighborhood and that level of attention is not that noticable with worlds in previous packs – which means that it can only get better from this point on.

Another great thing is that the team is focusing on giving each neighborhood its own story. They are continuing the tradition that started off with The Sims 4 City Living’s San Myshuno where each neighborhood got its own description and theme.

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 this review. I enjoyed reading it and find it very interesting. The only point I’d have liked to see too is a paragraph about bugs you may have experienced during playing and how much they have influenced your rating. I don’t own the pack yet but from what I’ve heard the game looks quite buggy again?