The Sims 4: Cats and Dogs review

We are going to review the rest of The Sims 4: Cats and Dogs EP today. I literally played this for 14 hours straight with only short breaks, and I doubt I got everything this EP has to offer!

The first thing I want to get into more detail about is with regards to the new world. There is a lighthouse you can travel to and a pier. I enjoyed leashing Bullet, my dog, and taking him for a walk around the pier. I took the cat too, but the cat wasn’t happy about it. She wanted me to hug and pet and pay attention to HER, because, well, she’s a cat. So while I walked around with Bullet, she sat pouting on the dock.

Great to see Seagulls! One of the nice touches EA added. Yes, they do fly off if you get too close.

Sims 4 Cats and Dogs seagulls

They have added a new kiosk that sells the “Fresh Catch of the Day.” So if you don’t like to fish, but enjoy that fresh fish taste then just trot on over to the kiosk.

fresh fish

Aha! One of my neighbors with their little dog. Nice to see her here! As you can see the docks are well thought out with nice little touches like the buoys and birds.

birds and buoys

I decided since I was already at the docks, we might as well visit the lighthouse on the outer island. You can go to the lighthouse via a boat that fast travels you to the Lighthouse Island. It has the lighthouse and a museum. Plenty of walking space for you and your pet as well.

Sims 4 Cats and Dogs lighthouse

lighthouse

You can go up in the lighthouse, but you don’t walk through the house. So once you enter the house look up and you’ll be standing in the top of the lighthouse.

on top of the lighthouse

She was getting a bit hungry, so I thought it a good time to go home.

When travelling you do have the option to take your pet with you anyplace you go. So if you are partial to a walk in the city just choose your pet in the travel menu. The pets seem to go home with you automatically when you hit your home button. However if they do not, don’t worry you can call them by pressing this little whistle on your pets icon.

cats and dogs whistle

Also a handy dandy thing is you can gate your lot and lock the gate for your pets so they do not go wandering around.

lock your pets

Also comes in handy at 6 AM when the dog is at the door wanting to go out. BEFORE coffee! And yes, in game they stand by the door and whine! Why do I have pets?

You need to pay attention to your pets, what their thought bubbles are, when they whine, meow, whimper, etc., because like in real life they mean something you have to address. Although, Bullet keeps obsessing with the refrigerator, and I have yet to figure out what to do about it. One of the cool things was that you can feed your pet while you are eating from your meal. But like real life, this can cause begging issues, especially if your dog has the mooch trait. I even found I could give the dog my plate after I was done eating. EA really put a lot of detail into this.

Of course that brings us to the not so subtle hints something is wrong. Moppet the cat went out all night and came back with something obviously very wrong.

Sims 4: Cats and Dogs

I rushed to the poor little kitty and had the option to address “What is wrong” and “Take to the vet.” You can call on your phone and travel to the vet as well. Just select the sick animal to go. So off to the vet we went.

In the meantime, my poor Moppet was in agony and had to use the litter box constantly. When we got in to see the vet, she examined poor kitty and determined that she needs to go to surgery, which is a computerized thing. I opted for the economy treatment, which then gave poor kitty the “Cone of shame” of which she had to wear for two Sims days. Hey, I’m saving for my own vet office. Kitty shouldn’t have been roaming!

kitty surgery

kitty cone of shame

Poor kitty. I also picked up some treats from the vet office. Treats can do a lot of things, and the only place you can get them is at the vet. There are treats for resurrection, crapping gold bricks, aging down, and aging up. Things like that. Yeah, normal pet stuff.

purchasing pet items in Sims 4: Cats and Dogs

When I got home, Bullet desired my full attention so I wanted to see what was up. All of a sudden I got an option that said “Feel the love” and I thought awwwwwwwwww! I clicked on that and after a heartfelt cuddle some hearts appeared and again awwwwwwwww!

feeling the love

After a few days of using my economy vet equipment, I finally got to level 4 of the vet skill. I figured that was enough to be at least a decent vet. So away I went to purchase my very own vet clinic. I built a vet clinic, because 1) I wanted to see what came for vet clinics, and 2) I just like to build. You can actually purchase the vet clinic in game. Since I didn’t have time to look for vet clinics elsewhere, I wanted to make sure I still had a place to take my own pets.

Purchasing a vet clinic is much like purchasing any other business—you can choose the uniforms, prices, you hire, fire, and there are business perks. So since this was covered in another EP, we’ll get to actually being a vet after I show you the cute uniforms.

Sims 4 Cats and Dogs vet uniforms

Cute right?

On to being a vet. Being a vet is interesting. You diagnose the pets, and treat them for all sorts of ailments. Sometimes they need surgery. Some owners just bring in pets for a check up. Basically you go through a whole list of things to find what ails them. But be very careful, as the more you poke at them the more stressed they become. The more stressed the pet becomes the more stressed the owner become,s and you don’t want bad reviews! There is a meter at the top of the pet to the top left that slowly turns red the more stressed the pet gets. Keep an eye on that. because you will get a calm the pet option. Use it.

First a patient comes in, and you greet the patient. Once you do an option pops up.

treat vet patient

So you take the patient back to an exam room to start.

vet exam room

As you can see there are many options. You just keep going down the list until you figure out what’s wrong and then suggested treatments come up. Other than that, it’s like any other business waiting on your customers. Greet, meet, treat.

Now on to the new “stuffs” of The Sims 4: Cats and Dogs EP. They didn’t scrimp on that either. I’m going to show you as much as I can, but I am sure I haven’t seen everything yet.  These are just a few. Need to leave some surprises for you all.

There is also a new aspiration.

Sims 4: Cats and Dogs aspiration

A couple of new traits.

Sims 4: Cats and Dogs traits

Loads of new content. Loads of new gameplay items. Stuff for your pets and stuff for you. A new pets category is also in game, so you can easily find pet items.

The gameplay is very full with The Sims 4: Cats and Dogs EP, so plan on spending several days getting to know it.  I hope I have given you at least a taste of one of the best expansion packs this series.

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