Small pets are pets that live in aquariums or cages and can be taken out briefly for Sims to play with. They require less attention than cats, dogs, and horses[TS3:Pets], but have fewer interactions, and are not counted as household members.
In Livin' Large, the guinea pig was introduced. If the cage wasn't cleaned for a long time, and it bit a Sim, the Sim would become sick. The fastest and easiest way of curing this sickness is to buy the guinea pig painting and look at it.
Many more small pets were introduced with The Sims: Unleashed. Sims were able to go to Old Town and purchase a variety of small pets, including iguanas, turtles, goldfish, and small birds such as budgies and love birds. All of them require feeding and cleaning occasionally, but they don't need as much attention as cats and dogs. However, unlike cats and dogs, they can - and will - eventually die, no matter how carefully they are cared for. Parrots and cockatoos can also be bought in Buy Mode, for §939 and §749, respectively. Sims can not only feed them crackers, but also talk to them, which boosts the selected Sim's Charisma.
The Sims 2
As in The Sims, the only small pets available in the base game are fish, bought with the Aquabox Five-Gallon Aquarium. The aquarium can be stocked by selecting the "Restock" option. Sims must feed the fish and clean the tank regularly, or they will die. The Sims 2: Pets adds another fish tank, which works the same as the base game aquarium.
Womrats and parrots
The Sims 2: Pets adds womrats and parrots. They can be purchased by buying the appropriate cage in Buy mode, and then using the cage's "Restock" option, which can only be done if the cage is empty and clean. Womrats cost §75, while parrots cost §400. The womrat cage is called the FMCU 3000 and the parrot cage is called the Tropico Avian Sanctuary.
The Sims 2: Apartment Life adds the Modern Arf Indoor Dog Pen, which allows Sims to keep a small dog in the pen; the pen costs §525, while the dogs cost §500. This pen doesn't require Pets to be installed, and the dog behaves like a small pet, using different meshes, textures and animations to regular dogs.
Butterflies and fireflies
Sims can also keep collected butterflies and fireflies[TS2:S] in a jar. If they are not released, they will eventually die and the jar will have to be cleaned. Neither the maid nor the butler will clean it, though.
Caring for small pets
When stocking a cage or pen, the player will have a choice of several fur or feather colors, and will be able to name the pet. Sims must feed small pets regularly; feeding a womrat or penned dog costs §10, while feeding a bird costs §20. Womrats and birds will eventually starve if not fed, but a starving penned dog will be taken away by an Animal Control officer before it can die. Small pets that are hungry may bite, and ones that are starving will have "hungry" thought bubble above their heads. It is also important to keep the cage or pen clean, as a dirty cage not only brings down the room's Environment score, but lowers the small pet's mood, increasing the chances that it will bite. While a womrat is essentially a guinea pig, the Guinea Pig Disease from The Sims: Livin' Large does not exist in The Sims 2.
Sims can play with and watch these small pets, and can carry along the parrot or penned dog. Also, parrots can be taught to talk. Once they've learned to talk, Sims can talk to them to build Charisma skill. Sims will also build Nature enthusiasm[TS2:FT] whenever they clean the cage or talk to a bird.
Bird cages can be opened. An open bird cage will eventually let the parrot out and it will fly around the house. Nearby Sims will gain fun from this. Sims cannot interact with the parrot while it's flying, and it will not escape and cannot be attacked by cats or dogs.
A womrat or bird can be set free, and a penned dog can be given up for adoption.
The Sims 3
List of minor pets in The Sims 3: Pets
- Pet rocks
- Birds: Blue Gold Macaw, Catalina Macaw, Cockatoo, Congo African Gray, Crow, Falcon, Spotted Sixam, Yellow Naped Amazon, Cardinal, Eastern Bluebird, Gold finch, Lilac Breasted Roller, Nuthatch, Parakeet, Pigeon, Owl
- Lizards: Anole Lizard, Ancient Dragon, Gecko, Chameleon, Pygmy Komodo Dragon, Agama Lizard, Texas Spiny Lizard, Iguana
- Rodents: Chinchilla, Hedgehog, Squirrel, Rat, Shrew, Womrat, Chipmunk
- Snakes: Yellow Python, Garter Snake, Emerald Tree Boa Snake, Malayan Krait Snake, Yellow Chondro Python, Scarlet King Snake, San Francisco Garter Snake, Iridescent Shieldtail Snake, Mini Python
- Turtles: Barbour's Map Turtle, Spotted Turtle, Eastern Box Turtle, Indian Roofed Turtle, Red Eared Slider Turtle, Pygmy Tortoise, Spiny Turtle, Western Painted Turtle
The Sims 4
The Sims 4 has two types of small pets: fish and frogs. Neither have to be fed and they will never die.
Sims can keep fish they caught as pets in fish bowls or aquariums. Alternatively, there are five types of fish that can be purchased, shown in the table below. Sims have the option of naming their fish, but can't interact with them in any other way.
|"Captain Fishbones" Bonefish||§15||Can only be bought with "The Boneyard" fish bowl.|
|Gummie Guppie||§15||Can only be bought with "The Gumber Fesh Bow" fish bowl.|
Frogs can only be caught in the wild, and cannot be bought unless the player uses the
bb.showhiddenobjects cheat. There are 24 kinds of frogs available, with rarer kinds being worth more Simoleons, though all frogs have an environment score of 3.
Sims can view a frog's terrarium to determine what kind it is, and can breed two frogs together if both are in their inventory. There are no other interactions and, unlike fish, frogs can't be named.
Breeding is done in the inventory when a Sim has at least two frogs. Frogs have two type of genes.
- Dirt, Leaf, Eggplant, Heart, Sunflower
- None, Striped, Spotted, Whirl, Surf
Breeding two frogs will result a new frog with mixed genes. Frogs can only be bred once in a while, as Sims become exhausted from it.
|Dirt Frog||§10||Common||The solid brown Dirt Frog is an unassuming fellow, but has a great sense of humor.|
|Eggplant Frog||§10||Common||The deep purple of this amphibian has contributed to its popularity among collectors and royal families the world over.|
|Heart Frog||§10||Common||Thanks to its brilliant coloring, the Heart Frog has been given as a token of affection for years.|
|Leaf Frog||§10||Common||This frog is notorious for its ability to camouflage itself in more verdant environs.|
|Spotted Leaf Frog||§10||Common||The Spotted Leaf Frog is mottled with cute, green freckles. In high school, it was voted "Most likely to be a Rockstar".|
|Striped Leaf Frog||§10||Common||Its skin is the height of camouflage as this frog feeds on the Striped Leaf Insect.|
|Striped Eggplant Frog||§10||Uncommon||The Striped Eggplant Frog is prone to violent outbursts. No one's sure why.|
|Striped Heart Frog||§10||Uncommon||Traditionally, this frog has been kept as a pet by barbers.|
|Surfer Leaf Frog||§10||Uncommon||This frog is proud of its green colors and skill hangin' ten.|
|Spotted Eggplant Frog||§10||Uncommon||The majestic Spotted Eggplant Frog flaunts plum-colored speckles and ironically dislikes veggies.|
|Hypno Frog||§25||Uncommon||Ancient tribes people in the jungle are known for licking the HypnoFrog. Apparently it tasted like apples.|
|Heartsurfer Frog||§25||Rare||Love keeps this little red guy riding the waves.|
|Surfer Eggplant Frog||§30||Rare||The Surfer Eggplant Frog is well known in warm climates with gnarly beaches.|
|Sunflower Frog||§30||Uncommon||Long, sunny days sipping lemonade gives this frog its brilliant golden color.|
|Spotted Heart Frog||§30||Uncommon||The Spotted Heart Frog is adorned with pimple-like red dots. It can hula hoop with bent reeds.|
|Spotted Dirt Frog||§30||Common||The mud-colored speckling of this amphibian provides excellent camouflage in chocolate pudding.|
|Striped Dirt Frog||§30||Common||The Striped Dirt Frog, despite its homely looks, is actually considered the be at the top of the Dirt Frog hierarchy.|
|Tiger Frog||§35||Uncommon||Unlike its namesake, the Tiger Frog does not have teeth. Or fur.|
|Bullseye Frog||§100||Rare||Named for its slight resemblance to a bull's eye, this frog is known to have a natural fear of bows and arrows.|
|Dirtsurfer Frog||§100||Rare||This frog's name comes not from its rippling earth-tone skin, but from a love for sand-boarding.|
|Eggplant Whirl Frog||§100||Rare||Eggplant Whirl Frogs are known for being fickle and sarcastic.|
|Leopard Frog||§100||Rare||The Leopard Frog is dotted with mustard-colored specks. It aspires to a career in politics.|
|Dirtwhirl Frog||§120||Uncomon||The Dirtwhirl Frog is often found in circles in mud puddles.|
|Sunsurfer Frog||§125||Rare||The Sunsurfer Frog is not only yellow but also evokes the visual waves of heat rising on a hot day.|
|Whirlyflower Frog||§160||Rare||Also called the Daisy Frog, this specimen is well known for its bright voice and sunny disposition.|