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Pets - Cats and Dogs Expansion News
« on: August 21, 2017, 07:21:18 PM »
EA confirmed the next expansion coming out in November 10th World Wide is The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs.

Origins official game description:

Create a variety of cats and dogs, add them to your Sims’ homes to forever change their lives and care for neighborhood pets as a veterinarian with The Sims™ 4 Cats & Dogs. The powerful new Create A Pet tool lets you personalize cats and dogs, each with their own unique appearances, distinct behaviors, and for the first time, expressive outfits! These wonderful, lifelong companions will change your Sims’ lives in new and special ways. Treat animal ailments as a veterinarian and run your own clinic in a beautiful coastal world where there’s so much for your Sims and their pets to discover.

KEY FEATURES

Create cats and dogs. Use the powerful Create A Pet tool to customize your Sims’ perfect cats, dogs, puppies and kittens. Choose from a variety of breeds, give them distinct personalities and directly manipulate their features. Easily personalize their coats with unique patterns to create your real-life pets, dream pets or something more fanciful. For the first time, complete their looks with expressive outfits and accessories.

Bond with your pets. Experience the companionship and fun that furry friends bring to your Sims’ lives. Cats and dogs have minds of their own and form special relationships with Sims based on their daily interactions. Your Sims care for, train and play games with their pets who all exhibit distinct and sometimes bizarre animal behaviors.

Become a vet and run a clinic. Build a veterinary clinic, hire a dedicated staff and further your career as the town’s most promising animal doctor. You’re in control of daily operations from the services offered to what you charge. Your Sims can diagnose and cure pets with critical surgeries or treat fleas and other afflictions with simple medications.

Explore Brindleton Bay. Discover the coastal shores of Brindleton Bay, a new world where your Sims and their pets can live and enjoy outdoor activities. Play fetch near the harbor docks, take a walk to the lighthouse or visit a park to set up an obstacle course and meet other pet-loving locals. Be on the lookout for stray pets that your Sims can take in as their own.



The Official Trailer on YT:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFWb3lgRpcE

The Sims™ 4 Cats & Dogs
https://www.thesims.com/store/mac-pc-download-addon-the-sims-4-cats-and-dogs

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Re: Pets - Cats and Dogs Expansion News
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2017, 04:05:24 AM »
AWE-some! Now that's a great reason for me to start playing again. I'm glad it only features dogs and cats, at least to begin with. I mean, what kind of town has wild horses roaming its streets and strolling through the park? ::) Don is just so getting a pooch in my game. To play ball with! It'll be the love of his life 8) ...Quit thinking dirty, ya'll. Caleb will have himself a kitty - he needs someone to have quiet and deep conversations with. ;D
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Re: Pets - Cats and Dogs Expansion News
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2017, 08:51:56 AM »
So cool! Waited so long for this! I must admit this year I haven't been playing much sims 4 anymore, been an active player since launch. But it just got a bit boring lately, even with the challenges (which is in no way your guys fault! you are the reason I've played for so long!) But when this comes out I will be on it again.

Especially because you can run a vet clinic! OMG that will be so awesome :)

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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2017, 09:36:40 AM »
Always my least favorite expansion. Not looking forward to it. Will likely still buy it for completeness but in my opinion sim pets are so boring and limited. Well except dragons especially in Sims Making Magic as they tended to burn thing down. Dragons are always fun. Too bad there will be no pet dragons.

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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2017, 10:35:56 AM »
Will there be a game option (or maybe a mod) to toggle off the pets we may not want?  I'd love to have cats in my game, but not dogs.

I'm terrified of dogs (I have been since I was little.  My in-laws got one while my husband and I had to live there for financial reasons, and so we had to move out.  At least, we had a place to live because we're living with my parents for now --- until we can afford to move out.  That was great of my parents to offer when that happened to us.

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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2017, 11:30:23 AM »
Will there be a game option (or maybe a mod) to toggle off the pets we may not want?  I'd love to have cats in my game, but not dogs.

I'm terrified of dogs (I have been since I was little.  My in-laws got one while my husband and I had to live there for financial reasons, and so we had to move out.  At least, we had a place to live because we're living with my parents for now --- until we can afford to move out.  That was great of my parents to offer when that happened to us.

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I think it's unlikely that you'll be able to toggle off dogs. Modders might make a way to keep strays out. The only thing I can suggest is that you put plenty of cats in your game. There will probably be a certain number of animals that the game allows for (like the 20 Sims max on a community lot), so just getting rid of dogs won't work, although you'll have to do that, too. But if you have lots of cats in your game, you might not get too many dogs.

Sorry to hear that you find them so frightening. I do sympathize -- I don't like cockroaches myself and was never a fan of the ones you could get in TS2 (although I loved the exterminator's truck).
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2017, 02:05:26 PM »
Thank you very much for your help, Marian :)!  I will think about filling my game with cats.  I guess I could get rid of dogs in my game by deleting them, the way I do with Sims I don't want.  I really have to think about it though because I really am terrified of dogs. 
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2017, 03:29:18 PM »
@coolsim9999999 I'm just curious and feel compelled to ask. Why are you letting your fears control you so much? It's just a game, nothing is going to come through the screen and attack you :)
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2017, 04:20:02 PM »
@coolsim9999999 I'm just curious and feel compelled to ask. Why are you letting your fears control you so much? It's just a game, nothing is going to come through the screen and attack you :)
Thanks a lot for trying to help Nindigo.  I know that it's a game, but I'm way too terrified of dogs to stop being afraid of them.  Thanks anyway :)!
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2017, 10:04:13 PM »
*sigh*  I was interested right up until it was stated that the pets aren't controllable, not even with a cheat like in Sims2.  Maybe if the modding community finds a way to make them semi-controllable I'll consider buying, but as it stand, it's a deal breaker.
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2017, 11:57:06 PM »
*sigh*  I was interested right up until it was stated that the pets aren't controllable, not even with a cheat like in Sims2.  Maybe if the modding community finds a way to make them semi-controllable I'll consider buying, but as it stand, it's a deal breaker.
Does that mean they aren't eating up a caricature slot? If so it perks my interest somewhat. Most controllable pets where boring to play as they were so limited in game play (few skills, no jobs and the like) and felt like a waste. But is they are not taking up space in the household maybe they will just be a nice add. My sims are always looking for something new to do. I loved Sims 3 dragons as they didn't take up space and added to the things sims could do.

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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2017, 01:24:24 AM »
Hmm, I never take control of pets in TS3. I like for them to have their own free will - my Sims people, too, for that matter. It provides the illusion of them having a real personality. A big part of my fun comes from just observing them like one would fish in a tank :)

Update: I've just pre-purchased this expansion 8)
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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2017, 03:49:43 AM »
How much interaction is required? I mean, it's a nice feature, but I would hope for some autonomy. There is already so much that you have to do each day, especially, if you want your character to progress. I would be very disappointed, if pets required nearly all of your attention during the day, to prevent them from running away, being taken away, or dying. Gardening is a great example of how a nice feature can take over the game & become unpleasant. The higher level you get, and the more plants you have, the more it becomes an extreme time monopolizing chore — especially when you have bugs & weeds to take care of. I think it would be a shame, if enjoying pets would require you to make them your career. What would really be nice, is if they gave you far more usable minutes in your day. It shouldn't take a half hour to eat a sandwich.

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Re: Pets - Cats and Dogs Expansion News
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2017, 08:33:33 AM »
Some things that have been confirmed:

Pets won't be controllable.
They will take up a slot in the household.
The color wheel will only be in the Pets CAS.
You will be able to take your pets to the vet.
Your Sim can be a vet.
Your Sim can also own and run the vet clinic.
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« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2017, 09:44:42 AM »
Didn't see it in the info, but are we going to be able to breed pets like in TS3? Be kind of dumb if you couldn't but you never know. :)
Figure that with pets coming, we'll hopefully get seasons sooner than later. (Always liked the sim kids playing in the snow)

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« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2017, 11:38:06 AM »
@CuriousSim I agree with you completely :-\

I think we need to see The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs in a new light. If we keep expecting things to be like they were in TS3, we are bound to get disappointed or frustrated. They are two very different games despite their similar names. And they work very differently. I look forward to see what Maxis has been able to accomplish and make work with this expansion.
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« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2017, 11:58:54 AM »
Didn't see it in the info, but are we going to be able to breed pets like in TS3? Be kind of dumb if you couldn't but you never know. :)
Figure that with pets coming, we'll hopefully get seasons sooner than later. (Always liked the sim kids playing in the snow)

Yes, pets will be able to breed. Don't know much about the details, though.

This stuff has been confirmed by the Gurus on Twitter:

Octagonal roofs will be available.
Your Sim can also own a fox (dog) or raccoon (cat). They'll differ in some ways from dogs and cats.
You can take your pets to Granite Falls with you.
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Re: Pets - Cats and Dogs Expansion News
« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2017, 12:19:27 PM »
Some things that have been confirmed:

Pets won't be controllable.
They will take up a slot in the household.
The color wheel will only be in the Pets CAS.
You will be able to take your pets to the vet.
Your Sim can be a vet.
Your Sim can also own and run the vet clinic.
OK now I am back to not really wanting this pack. Pets always have limited pay options and taking up a slot for such a limited "sim" isn't my idea of fun. I am a min-maxer after all whats to "max" about these things. Now to find out they both take up a slot and you can't control them, well, no thanks. I will still buy it for completeness sake and likely even play through a pet or too just to "complete" the game, but really this is disappointing news. Worse of all worlds.  I am somewhat interested in the vet career/business. New live careers are always welcome. At least there is that.

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« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2017, 06:25:02 PM »
Some more general info to add to MarianT's:

Foxes and raccoons can be made in CAP (Create a Pet) and can also be taken to a vet just like cats and dogs

There are various breeds coming with the pack but the team will go into more detail in the future (unspecified timeline) Scottish Fold has been confirmed but nothing else yet! lol

There is the same pull/push manipulation in CAP and there already is in CAS

No new Supernaturals in the pack - this isn't a big surprise though as we know this time around including supernaturals in packs isn't really going to happen.


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« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2017, 11:04:04 AM »
I heard that your pets can have fleas! Maybe these fleas can be transferred to humans as they can in real life and I can have the flea bitten bum Sim I always wanted! OK it is a long shot, but I am hoping. But cool, they are giving us fleas.

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« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2017, 12:23:11 PM »
I laughed really hard at your long-cherished desire of playing a flea-bitten sim!

I'm pretty excited about my sims owning pets. I'm not fussed that they aren't controllable--real life pets aren't that controllable either, even a really trained one has needs and wants of their own.
What's funny is that, since this morning, I can already hear background barking while I'm simming. Lol!

I'm still holding out for supernaturals!!! Can't wait for that Expansion Pack!

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« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2017, 12:51:52 PM »
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I'm still holding out for supernaturals!!! Can't wait for that Expansion Pack!

They could, discreetly, stick in some werewolves without me complaining. Canines are canines, right?
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« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2017, 07:30:14 PM »
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I'm still holding out for supernaturals!!! Can't wait for that Expansion Pack!

They could, discreetly, stick in some werewolves without me complaining. Canines are canines, right?
Now that would get me excited about this expansion. But sadly it has been confirmed there isn't any supernatural life states in this pack. There is still hope for flea-butten Sims though. They can at least give me that, can't they.

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« Reply #23 on: August 24, 2017, 09:40:15 PM »
Not looking forward to this expansion. Pets always lags my game plus I have the feeling that they are going to nickel and dime us for the rest of the pets. Horses Game Pack , Small Pets Stuff pack, you get the idea. I do love cats but will hold out for a sale on this expansion.

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« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2017, 10:07:20 PM »
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I will still buy it for completeness sake

Yeah, that's my primary excuse as well. OCD thing, I guess...
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