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The Sims 3 Pets Expansion Pack

Pet Types, New Additions and Links to Information

The Sims 3 Pets Guide
The Sims 3 Pets Guide
Pet LTRsPet TraitsUnicornsCatsDogsHorses
Minor PetsRacingHorsemanArc BuilderThe JockeyZoologist

The Sims 3 Pets Expansion Pack adds something many Sims players have been waiting for, Pet Ownership. This guide will give you an overview of the new stuff you can use in-game, and link to in-depth articles about each new gameplay element.

Multi-Platform: Two Major Differences
The Sims 3 Pets was released for Xbox 360 and PS3 in addition to the usual PC/Mac release. Console players do not get horses, nor small animals like lizards, snakes, and rodents, but most other information should be pretty close. Just an FYI, we PC players are much happier with what we get overall. If you want a deeper experience, keep an eye out for a good multi-expansion pack bundle in the future. If you're reading this on a modern PC, it's very likely you can play it. If you are a Sims 3 console player, we do have a section on our forum where you can connect with each other, click: Sims 3 Xbox/PS3 boards. Our boards support Wii as well, but this Expansion only made it to one nintendo console -- the 3DS.

Create-a-Pet is a powerful tool that allows for creation of the the new pet types (aside from minor Pets like chinchillas). Similar to our freedom in making Sims look how we'd want, CAP allows for pretty much any design you'd like on an animal. The game comes with many set breed patterns, and most types of animal coat are covered. If it's not, you could attempt to make it yourself. Breed doesn't matter in The Sims 3 Pets past the CAP interface. You are limited to adults during Pet creation.If you don't own the game, but want to try out this tool, you can download it here.

Pet Traits and Learning
Large Pets have traits, just like Sims. They will learn new traits as the game progresses, and aren't limited to five trait choices like Sims. There are loads of options for tweaking your Pet's behavior. They'll gradually develop traits as they perform certain activities, and Sims can scold or praise behaviors to influence how quickly they are picked up. We'll add a guide to Pet traits as soon as we can. The descriptions are in-game, but we're interested in figuring out the actions Pets can perform to reveal traits, so you can make an animal that behaves however you like.

Sims Additions
Sims get a couple pet-related traits, and six new Lifetime Wishes related to the animals. They relate to befriending cats and dogs, making money with horses, collecting animals, and adopting strays. Aside from this, they get interactions with the Pets, some new clothes, and a couple Pet-related LTRs.

The Pets
There are four categories of Pets you can adopt or find. Dogs, Cats, Horses, and Small Animals are all offered in the game. Getting the large Pets requires only that you adopt them with a phone or computer. Small Pets need to be found in the wild by a Sim or Cat.

The Sims 3 Pets: Animals don't really woohoo, they try for foal, puppy, or kitten

Life and Death
Large Pets can breed, provided they know each other well enough. This will result in a Puppy, Kitten, or Foal. Pets will grow old and die, and can return as ghosts and playable ghosts. You can have ghost kittens using a similar method to making Ghost Babies (requiring live female, ghost male). They can also be resurrected at the Science Facility in town. Fear not, your pets can live on just like your Sims. Thanks to Jena and Alex for sending me shots of this, saving me the trouble of testing it myself. Ambrosia does work for Pets, and can be done just like a Ghost. As follows, with the tip provided by dolphinlover546 on Youtube (click to see a video of this process):

1. Have Sim make Ambrosia
2. Wait fo Ghost Sim/Pet to appear
3. Click Ambrosia and select the action "Feed To (Pet's Name)
4. *BAM* Your pet is back!!

The only cause of death that can claim an animal is old age. Although dogs can swim, they do not drown. Animals who are happy and have achieved 10,000 lifetime points will be nice, blue ghosts. A pet that acieved less than that ill come back as a red ghost..

Saving Sims
If you have a Pet, and your Sim is actually friends with it, the pet may plea to the Grim Reaper for the Sim's life. So, fido just might save your Sims from death if he's around when they die.

The Sims 3 Pets: A Dog gets a hug from The Grim Reaper as he becomes a ghost.
The Sims 3 Pets: If you can make a ghost dog, it means you can make ghost puppies!
The Sims 3 Pets: If you can make a ghost dog, it means you can make ghost puppies!

Dogs have a need for destruction. Even the most well-behaved dog will want to tear something up once in a while. When they aren't chewing on something (hopefully appropriate) they are able to sniff around until they find collectibles like gems and metals with the Dog hunting skill.

The Sims 3 Pets: Cute Kittens

Cats can collect small animals for your Sim with their version of the hunting skill. They get litter boxes to satisfy their potty needs indoors, but start to get miserable if they don't sink their claws into something. Thankfully, you can get them a scratching post. If not, the alternative is probably the couch.

Horses are the most fully-featured pet available. They offer a sick new way of making money in racing, but particularly breeding, training, and selling horses. Males and females can be offered at the new Equestrian Center for Stud/Mare services. Studs even get paid.

Along with this comes a new Riding skill for Sims, and the Racing and Jumping skills for Horses. While none of these are particularly exciting alone, it makes for a nice experience leveling your Sim's Riding, taking care of horses and training them to be racing champions.

The Sims 3 Pets:

Minor Pets
Pets adds several new categories of minor pet that can be found by Sims or caught with a Cat. They're quite valuable, but also make nice additions to the household. They are birds, lizards, rodents, turtles, and snakes. You can learn all about them and see lists and prices in the minor pets guide linked above.

Befriending Wildlife
Sims can befriend wildlife, and even get better at doing so. You can see deer and Racoons, but the main targets to befriend will be the new wild horses. They are simply wild versions of the regular horses you can adopt, but there's some satisfaction in watching your Sim ride off on one to take it as their own.

The Sims 3 Pets: A Unicorn Cursing a Sim

Unicorns are the new form of life in The Sims 3 Pets. They can bless and curse Sims and Pets alike, and cause plants to grow or die using their magical reserves. They're very powerful in that right, but all Unicorns come with level ten racing and jumping skills. They run super fast when mounted, to boot. They're ready to head to the track and win big, easily. That is, if your Sim can handle it. Learn about how to get Unicorns and more in our guide.

Pet Lifetime Rewards
Just like Sims, Pets accumulate Lifetime Happiness points from being happy. They can spend them on LTRs, some of which are unique. Hit the link to learn about the various rewards for the two types (horses and dogs/cats).

And Of Course New Objects...
There are new objects in most categories as you'd expect. There are not very many new object types however. Cats get litter boxes, there are animal houses and horses get all the things a horse would need to be comfy and train for racing. Still, probably you'll be satisfied with the new items, many of which have a country feel.

All in all, this is a sturdy expansion pack but nothing yet can really compete with Ambitions for me. Thankfully, they don't have to... we can have both.

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Sharlette Bruce says...
I've lost the serial code to install sims 3 pet. des anyone know how I can replace it, or the technical support number for Australia?
14th September 2013 9:54pm
Isabelle Folega says...
Hi, You can find it by searching for it on the website you bought it from.
17th June 2017 3:04pm
Aldanifa zumaryan says...
This make the sims more fun, i'm like this game because play with pets, i love pets

Just that, thanks :3
30th July 2014 10:10am
Shira says...
I have sims 3 pets it is really cute it comes with cute clothes and everything I recommend it.
17th July 2014 4:14pm
Tugster says...
I have pets and seasons installed and I downloaded them from Origin ( incase that makes a difference). I can play with sims and horses fine but when i try to play with a cat or dog my game crashed within 5 minutes of loading. Is there a way to stop this as I really want to have a cat and dog.
27th July 2013 3:14pm
Epic girl says...
Oh that happens to me just wait about a week and it will be fine it did that too me with dogs
21st June 2014 12:46pm
Sarah says...
I have had a problem with Pets that will cause my game to crash;I end up having to use Task Manager to close the program.It works fine if pets aren't involved,but if I have any in my household it crashes.
26th July 2013 8:56pm
Tash says...
Hiya, having a problem when I switch between characters. The picture and all the bottom bar with the needs, wont change to a different character when I want to change it. Its stuck on a horse, so I cant see any of the needs for other people. But when I save and restart the game, the needs bar changes. Confused. Please help!!
This is a common bug and often the fix for it is to go back to main menu after saving. I would also suggest clearing our your caches before you start the game next time.
24th July 2013 8:57am
Kristyn says...
How many people/pets can I have in a household at at time? I've read that its 10, but right now I have 9 in my current household, and the game won't let my sims have another child. Any solutions for this?
5th June 2014 11:05pm
laras says...
9? seriously? *gasped*
2nd August 2014 4:33am
Dandy lion says...
Call, shift, c, testingcheatsenabledtrue
Hold shift and click on sim or pet and click delete object, but there is no getting that simple or pet back
8th September 2015 9:36pm
PleaseHelp says...
Please oh please help! I just recently installed my sims 3 pets and was suoer physced until I saw the models! The models are all wrong and screwed up. For example, on the asult horse, it looks like somebkdy detached thair tail, connected their bottom lio to their noodle of a hoof, and stuck their eyeballs ontop of their ears! Please help me! Thankyou
15th November 2013 1:10am
omar says...
hey carla i was wundering does sims 3 pets come with bundle packs? ex.sims 3 starter pack ln loft stuff base game.
Not yet.  Just Sims 3 plus Pets for now. It may be something they release in the future however.
24th July 2013 7:28pm
Ptsandy says...
I have sims 3 pets on PS3 and I have lost my inventory. It say it is almost full my house is about to burn down but I don't see anything there. All the invention I made are gone but they. I went to charge the time machine and there were some of the ghost and gems I have but I can only use them there. Do you have any suggestions on how to make my inventory come back.
28th July 2013 8:59pm
Yosan says...
My sims 3 pets had glitches
horses with broken leg and long mouth touches the ground
cat has a high back and creepy tail which move uncontrolled
dog with abnormal eyes and broken leg too...
please, someone can tell what is the matter is?
sorry for the bad English
This is a problem with your graphics card.  It may not be compatible with the Pets.
26th June 2013 9:51am
Simmyg1rl says...
Hello! I am going to download sims 3 island paradise and I want pets with it ( I already downloaded pets) when I get island paradise will pets be there because I have the extension pack or do I have to do something?
10th June 2014 7:37pm
Kalli says...
Yes it will be there! If you watch ihascupquake or LifeSimmer you will notice that their current LPs have pets in them. Cup quake has a horse named CARNITAS... And idk if LifeSimmer has one ATM
24th July 2014 12:52pm
Epic girl says...
Everytime I go to the pets world Umm dont know what the name is though it glitches out is this normal its crazy can anyone tell me why
21st June 2014 12:40pm
Rosa says...
I don't understand when you brag on Sims 3 pets, it comes up with education, but you can't be a teacher, what does it mean by that? Can you homeschool children? I have Late night and pets expansion pack
I don't understand the first part of your comment but here is the answer to the second part. If you have a Sim that is Logic 5 they can tutor a child to get an A in school but they lose performance if they're not actually at school so they would have to be tutored daily.
7th July 2013 6:33am
Horseshoe says...
i have a problem with Sims 3 Pets. When my dogs grow up to be adults, the human Sims loose freewill and jus stand there waiting for me to tell them what to do. How do i fix this problem. Help me!
4th June 2014 2:55pm
Simmylala says...
On your keyboard, hold Shift, Control and C, and a long blue line at the top of your screen will come up, and type in ResetSim Firstname Lastname. For example: ResetSim Johnny Smith. It will reset the sim and stop what they're doing, and it returns them near your mailbox. Hopefully this helped :)
16th July 2014 1:32am
DazzlingDork says...
I don't know what expansion packs I should get. I want Island Paradise, Seasons, Generations, and Pets. I haven't played any. I've watched gameplay of them though. I was wondering what ones were good. Also I'm kind of girly so what do you think I should get.
27th December 2013 10:33am
Simmylala says...
I reckon Island Paradise. Mermaids are cool, and I liked running the resorts, so Island Paradise is a must! :)
16th July 2014 1:25am
Sophie says...
They is acutally a bug on Island paradise that frezzes your game for a while. I just wanted to warn you befroe you get the expansion pack.
21st November 2015 4:35am
Hailey says...
I have a question. I have yet to purchase the expansion pack, and I am wondering how the Sims work. As in, another post I read you can only have a certain amount of sims and animals to a household (property). So...does this mean you can create multiple houses and add more sims? Or are you restricted to one-- where you may only have one full household, or can you create neighbors for them?
18th October 2013 12:49am
Aniner says...
You can, in fact, create multiple households and have all of them in one world. You do have to make houses for them or move them in empty homes. Simply click Choose Household and place them in a house. The game remembers all of the households you've made (even ones you've deleted, sometimes annoying) so you can use other households you made in the past.
16th July 2014 7:08am
Kitty Lee says...
I have a bug where when my cat is like 300 days away from his birthday they say that today is his birthday O.0.HELP! :P
5th April 2014 10:48pm
Simmylala says...
Hold Control + Shift + C and a blue bar will come up at the top of the screen. Type in Reset Sim and the cat's first name and last name. For example: ResetSim Tom Little. Hopefully this helped ;)
13th July 2014 11:46pm
Playa4Life says...
That has happened to my pet once.But if it's old then that's just a glitch.The pet's Bday could be any day...Sub to me on Utube
5th August 2015 2:47am
AA says...
Where in the world do I go to buy pets? I'm not seeing a pet store or anything! Please help! Thank you in advance! :)
You have to get pets from a shelter or through CAS.
12th July 2013 11:54am
Katrina says...
Can I get the expansion pack for sims 3? Or do I need to buy the Sims 3 pets game as well as the sims 3 original game?
You have to have the base game, The Sims 3 to run any expansion packs. They're not separate content. The base game is the game and expansion packs are like DLC.
8th July 2013 5:55pm
Leah says...
I recently purchased sims 3 pets on origin, but half of the pets items are not in my game? any suggestions?
8th August 2014 3:06am
chiapet says...
Hey all! Just finished downloaded The Sims 3 Pets to my Mac OSX Lion. The download went just fine, but when i click the icon to open the Sims 3 pets, it just opens the original version of Sims 3! Is there a certain folder where I need to put the expansion pack info?? what am I doing wrong :(
24th October 2013 10:12am
Horseshoe says...
You should copy and paste the crack of the downloaded pets into the original Sims 3 folder and not the Sims 3 Pets you've just installed. That might help.
9th June 2014 7:14am
Epic girl says...
Sometimes when I go to the world it says looking at the problem and logs me out and does not save is this normal or is it a bug please reply
21st June 2014 12:43pm
Someone says...
Hey you need to change the graphics quality to low for it to stop dong it frequently.
10th May 2018 12:46pm
Raven says...
I got Generations, and I'm definitely getting Pets and Seasons, but which one should I get first? 'Cause it just would't be fun without seasons, but pets are awesome too sooo.... Which should I get first?
27th October 2015 8:35pm
Thekittycatgames says...
Pets is real great but I hav not come across any gliches
24th September 2015 3:49pm
Playa4Life says...
I'm a Utuber and I help people with how to play games.
5th August 2015 2:44am
Meged says...
do you need sims 3 and sims 3 pet to play sims 3 pets expansion pack, PLEASE HELP !!!!
Yes you need both. Sims 3 requires the base game and then you add on expansions not play them individually on the PC.
23rd June 2013 8:05am
Livy says...
Is there a way to turn off stray animals in the game?
8th August 2014 2:11pm
Someone says...
Yes go to setting and find the satteing for population it will work.
10th May 2018 12:59pm
nikos says...
1st July 2013 5:18am
a Christian cat says...
HELP! I was wondering if pets comes with any cheats? Because when we had it, and I typed in "testingcheatsenabled true" without "" I could edit my sims. We got rid of pets and now I can't! Can someone plead explain?
6th July 2014 11:14pm
Kalli says...
Whenever you leave the game [exiting sims 3] the cheats thing disables and you have to redo it every time trust me I use cheats a lot because I may have killed my sim of starvation..... On purpose..... Or accident...... (Lol)
24th July 2014 1:01pm
Sasha says...
Can a person who has the sims 3 pets in a console like the ps3 can they have expansion packs and if there is are they like the PC ones or not?
23rd March 2014 9:33am
Pikachuren says...
Nope, only PC ones, thats why PC versions are better :3
9th July 2014 9:54am
Katrina says...
Can I get the expansion pack for sims 3? Or do I need to buy the Sims 3 pets game as well as the sims 3 original game?
You have to buy both. The expansion packs are not standalone games.
8th July 2013 4:19pm
Saaaaaazing says...
I was playing sims when I saw that one of my dogs wasnt moving so I went to go rub its belly but my sim got stuck too I then saw that the dogs & sims feet were under the floor I went down a level and saw my sim & dog (I have a deck under my house) my cat & and another dog got stuck like this so I invited some people over for a party it didn't work 2 other sims got stuck. there are 3 sims & 3 pets stuck now. I tried the cheat "resetssim" that didn't work and I know the cheat for keeping your sim happy so they won't die Please help!
Did you do "ResetSim *"  that will work on everyone in the town? Remember to not use the quotation marks and also it might help to have testingcheatsenabled.
20th July 2013 3:04am
Emily says...
If you have World Adventures & Pets is it possible to take your pet with you to the other countries?
No.   Pets stay behind and are taken care of while you're away.
18th June 2013 1:51am
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