pets that can be bought or sold in The Sims: Unleashed, The Sims 2: Pets, The Sims 3: Pets, and The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs. They are one of the more common pets that Sims can own, along with dogs. In some games, such as the GBA Sims games, they are not something that Sims need to take care of much, aside from petting them and cleaning up their messes; they are mostly for show.
In the PC and Console versions of all the pets related expansions, they are one of the main parts of the game, in that they must be fed, given attention, played with, cleaned up after, and watched over.
The Sims: UnleashedEdit
Cats were first introduced in The Sims: Unleashed. A family can adopt a cat by going to the Pet Center in Old Town, or a Sim can befriend and adopt a stray. The Create a Sim section of The Sims does not allow players to create pets.
The premade cats belonging to playable households in The Sims: Unleashed are:
- Waggles, Boots, Scout and Maggie Kat (owned by Ginia Kat)
- Menelaus and Hecuba Goth (owned by Gunther and Cornelia Goth)
The Sims 2: PetsEdit
In The Sims 2: Pets, cats also must be trained so they can live with Sims. The player can do this by scolding them if they don't want them to do something that is bad, e.g., destroying furniture, or by praising them to encourage a behavior. For example, cats can be trained to be filthy or clean, and cats may get up on tables to eat Sim food unless they have been trained to prefer pet food or to stay off furniture.
After a cat becomes an adult, a Sim can stroke the cat, pick it up and hug it, or feed it a treat, although they can no longer be held and carried around. Sims can play with a full-grown cat by pulling out a cat teaser, tossing the cat in the air, or wiggling their fingers at it. The cat teaser and finger-wiggle games will continue until canceled by the player, or until the cat or Sim ends them through free will. Cats generally enjoy these things, but when playing the finger-wiggle game, a cat may eventually become annoyed and scratch the Sim, which will lower the relationship between the two.
Unlike their counterparts in Unleashed, kittens in Pets are mobile and largely self-sufficient. They can feed themselves (provided there is food available), use a litter box, and sleep on pet beds without the help of a Sim or their mother. Kittens can also learn Behaviors. However, they cannot go up or down stairs without the help of a Sim and they cannot get jobs or learn Commands.
The premade cats belonging to playable households in The Sims 2: Pets are:
The Sims 3: PetsEdit
Cats return in the fifth expansion pack for The Sims 3, The Sims 3: Pets. Like Sims, cats have traits of their own. Initially, they are assigned three traits . Unlike The Sims 2: Pets, cats have only six needs: Hunger, Bladder, Energy, Social, Fun, and Scratch.
Cats are able to hunt for and bring home collectables that a Sim can keep in terrariums or send off to the science facility. Cats with the Hunter trait are especially adept at this, but all cats must first be trained. They will then develop hunting as a skill, which they can level up as they get better at it. The higher level Hunter a cat is, the more likely it is that it will catch something other than leaves, feathers, or snake skin. A trailer for the console version of the game shows a cat banishing a ghost from the lot.
Cats, like dogs, can develop traits. This means that even though a cat is not born or made with a certain trait, it may develop it over the course of its life. For example, a cat that plays with toys often can develop the Playful trait, or a cat that grooms him/herself often might develop the Neat trait.
Cats can breed if a pet house is present, and will give birth to several kittens if there are not already more than 8 Sims in the household. In order to have a larger litter of kittens, Sims may buy the lifetime reward "Fertility Treatment for Cats." It takes about 2–4 days from conception till the kittens are born. Whenever a cat becomes pregnant, the same music that sounds for Sims will be played. Kittens are not able to do things that adult cats can, such as climbing stairs and playing with toys.
The premade cats belonging to playable households in The Sims 3: Pets are:
- Babycakes Loveland (Owned by Gracie Loveland)
- Maria, Mothball, Muffin & Pickles Lionheart (Owned by Hetty Lionheart)
- Minette Bird (Owned by the Bird family)
- Mozart Miller (Owned by the Miller family)
- Oopsie-Daisy Marshall (Owned by the Marshall family)
- Petunia Curley (Owned by the Curley family)
The Sims 4: Cats & DogsEdit
Cats return as one of the two major pets in The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs. Cats offer new gameplay interactions and features, but they are not directly controllable by the player. Using mods reveals that cats' needs are Bladder, Hunger, Energy, Play, Affection and Bowel.
Cats are able to hunt down birds and bring back collectables or mysterious boxes. Cats with the Prowler or Free Spirit traits are especially good at hunting and collecting.
The premade cats belonging to playable households in The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs are:
- Doc, Cleo, Josie, & Bartholomew A. Bittlebun, Jr. (Owned by Catarina Lynx)
- Bartholomew A. Bittlebun, Sr. (Owned by the Delgato family)
Cats have a few unique traits but others they share with dogs. For example: both cats and dogs can be Friendly, and the Talkative trait in cats is equivalent to the Vocal trait in dogs. Selecting a pre-made cat breed in Create a Pet will automatically add a suitable (but removable) trait or two.
Raccoons exist as a cat breed with a unique raccoon voice.
- There are over 30 cat breeds on the console version of The Sims 3: Pets, and over 40 cat breeds on the PC/Mac.
- The players must have a Sim in a household with animals; they cannot live alone. This is possible in the 3DS version of The Sims 3: Pets[confirmation needed].
- You can adjust the lifespan of the cats the same way you can adjust the Sims' lifespans.
- Cats may react negatively to the TV but can sing along with music.
- Cats can vomit on the floor, due to a furball in their throat, if they only groom themselves. Your sim can brush them to avoid this.