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The Sims 4 My First Pet Game Guide
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Table of Contents
|Stuff Pack Information
Welcome home a new small animal and show off your love for Cats and Dogs with The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff. Teach your Sims how to care for smaller household pets, decorate a home with pet-inspired furniture, and dress pets in your favorite Sims outfits!
Create A Sim Fashions
Female Adult/Teen/Elder – 3 Hairstyles, 1 Top, 1 Outfit
Female Child – 1 Top, 1 Outfit
Female Toddler – 1 Hat, 1 Top, 1 Outfit
Male Adult/Teen/Elder – 1 Hairstyle, 1 Top, 1 Outfit
Male Child – 1 Top, 1 Outfit
Male Toddler – 1 Hat, 1 Top, 1 Outfit
Pet Clothing and Accessories
❗ The following items are included with The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff, but are not available unless you have The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack installed.
❗ Small Dogs and Large Dogs have different selections of clothing due to their size.
Post Card Collectibles
The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff has added 7 brand new Post Cards to the already existing Post Card Collection. Post Cards are brought home by traveling rodents, and can be placed on walls, corkboard objects, or the corkboard area of the rodent cage.
Since these post cards are rare to collect, it takes multiple travels to bring back all 7. When they send one home, the notification will inform Sims that the rodent sent one during their travel. Post cards are found in the Household Inventory in buy mode.
❗ All other Post Card collectibles in the game go directly into a Sim’s inventory rather than the household inventory, and have a value attached to them. Rodent post cards do not have any value so I’m unsure if this is a bug or game design.
The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff adds 4 new pet rodents to the game that are found in special cages in buy mode. Each rodent has a unique appearance and only one rodent is allowed per cage. The following rodents can be purchased and cared for:
• Hamster (§400) – ♪ Stomp your feet and clap your hands, c’mon, everybody, it’s the hams… ♪ *record scratch* “…shhh; they must never find out about the dance!”
• Pygmy Hedgehog (§500) – Perhaps you have a prickly personality… if so, the Pygmy Hedgehog may be the right pet for you. Before hedgehogs came into existence, they lived in the ocean as the creature we call sea urchins. While there’s still disagreement over what caused this critter to grow legs and walk onto land, acknowledging that they make fantastic pets is settled science!
• Rat (§600) – San Myshuno! It’s a wonderful town, well… except for its infamous rat infestation. Running through the sewers, crawling through apartment building walls; they’re everywhere! What’s a mayor to do? Thankfully, there’s nothing a little political spin can’t fix… Can I interest you in a pet rat? How about two?
• Bubalus (§700) – After a talking plush of Bubalus became the best-selling toy of 2016, pet breeders saw an opportunity they were uniquely qualified to seize upon. Using genetic engineering, they’ve taken the body of a Hippopotamus, the color and spiral shape of a Violet Sea Snail, and the fur, size, and disposition of a Hamster, to create a new species of animal dubbed the Dwarf Bubalus. Now you can have one of these once fictional creatures to call your very own!
Sims can add multiple rodents to a household as they don’t take up a slot in the household panel. With that said, Sims should only add as many as they can properly care for.
Caring for rodents is fairly simple, but if you don’t want to end up with dead rodents, it is best to make sure you use the proper interactions to keep them in good overall health.
❗ Only Sims aged Child and older can interact with rodents. When doing so, rodents will appear in a Sim’s relationship panel just like other Sims and Pets.
Rodents are able to feed themselves, stay active, and be happy with everything available in their cages. When a rodent cage is purchased the rodent will be well fed and content. As time goes on, food bowls will need to be replenished, and cages will need to be cleaned.
❗ Allowing a rodent’s habitat to remain filthy for an extended period of time will cause the rodent to become ill. Sims who are bitten by rodents can contract the new “Rabid Rodent Fever” disease. This can potentially become deadly if left untreated.
See the Rabid Rodent Fever & Death section of the guide for more info.
The enclosure should be cleaned out every 3 days to maintain a healthy environment for the pet. They will also need to be fed at least once per day, and be given attention to keep their happiness levels up. You can check their overall health by hovering over their cage.
When they’re not using their bed, wheel, sand bath, and tunnels, rodents will require some TLC from their owners. The following interactions are available on rodent enclosures:
• Fill Food (§5) – This option increases a rodent’s Hunger and Relationship.
• Feed Treat – This option increases a rodent’s Attention.
• Observe – This option increases a rodent’s Attention.
• Play With – This option increases a rodent’s Attention, Activity, and Relationship.
• Talk… – These options increase a rodent’s Relationship.
• Clean Habitat – This option increases a rodent’s Relationship.
• Rename – Use this options to rename a rodent.
• Release – Use this option to release a rodent into the wild forever.
• Study Rodent (Children/Teens) – This gives Children a 25% boost with their homework.
• Investigate & React (Cats & Dogs) – If you own The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion, pets will interact with the rodent cages. Cats will climb up on the cage and tap at the tunnels, and dogs will occasionally bark and sniff the rodent.
• Purchase Rodent (§300) – This option becomes available when a rodent enclosure is empty. This happens when Sims release rodents into the wild, or when a rodent dies of old age or starvation.
Even when rodents are properly cared for and fed, that doesn’t prevent them from dying of old age. Old age is one of the ways rodents can die in the game, but there is a surefire way to ensure they never age up. Additionally, rodents will take special vacations out of their cages once in a while, which is untypical of how real life rodents act. To prevent rodents from aging up and taking vacations, the following interactions are available:
• Feed Anti-Aging Treat (§300) – This treat will permanently halt the aging process in rodents. This interaction is available when Sims have this treat in their inventory. Rodent treats can be purchased on the computer, or at the local Vet Clinic if you have The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs installed.
• Feed IQ Limiter Treat (§300) – This treat will return a rodent’s mental capacity to that of a normal pet, and they will no longer travel outside their habitat. This interaction is available when Sims have this treat in their inventory. Rodent treats can be purchased on the computer, or at the local Vet Clinic if you have The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs installed.
If Sims neglect to feed their rodents, or allow them to age up and pass, the rodent will take its final trip outside the cage. Once a rodent has passed, a notification will inform Sims that the rodent has moved on. The rodent’s “soul” will be seen leaving the enclosure.
Rodent Travel & Adventures
One of the most interesting things about rodents is their intelligence and ability to travel to far away lands. Occasionally rodents will leave their enclosure and travel.
The note on their cage will indicate that they’ve left, and if you’re lucky they will even bring you back a post card. The notification system will inform you of their adventures along the way, and they might even bring back some simoleons or special gifts from their travels.
❗ Rodents will also have some fun within their enclosures. Look out for nuclear blasts, rave parties, and rocketship activity overnight.
❗ If you want to turn off these travels and adventures and turn your pet back into a “normal” rodent, you can purchase and feed them the “IQ Limiter Treat”.
Rabid Rodent Fever & Death
The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff brings a new disease and death to the game. There are two ways to contract this disease, but we’ll start with the origin of this deadly disease. Leaving rodent habitats to deteriorate and remain unsanitary is a recipe for disaster.
❗ Children can be bit by rodents, but will not get infected with Rabid Rodent Fever
When habitats remain filthy for an extended period of time, rodents contract the severely contagious “Rabid Rodent Fever” disease. Sims who “Play With” diseased animals run a chance of being bit. Biting is a random occurrence, but chances of being bit when playing with them increases if you have a poor relationship with the rodent.
Sims who are bit will receive the 2-hour Tense “Bite-Sized Bite” moodlet. This moodlet is cause for concern because when the 2 hours are up, it will either go away completely and not progress, or it will turn into the 24-hour Uncomfortable “Fuzzy Feeling” moodlet. This marks the beginning stages of a serious illness that can eventually turn deadly.
❗ At this stage of the illness, Sims can use the Computer to “Research” Rabid Rodent Fever (Web > Research > Research Rabid Rodent Fever). This will unlock a special option allowing Sims to purchase Rodent Remedies (Order > Rodent Remedies)
❗ If you have The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion installed, you can head to the local Vet Clinic and use the “Ask About Rabid Rodent Fever” interaction on any of the employees. This is an alternate way to research the illness.
Sims are able to cure themselves at the first sign of illness, but if they continue to allow it to progress, they will eventually receive the 24-hour Uncomfortable “Fuzzy Fever” moodlet. At this point a Sim is very contagious and can spread the disease to others.
If Sims continue to ignore these symptoms, they will eventually receive the 24-hour “Rabid Rodent Fever” moodlet. If they plan on saving themselves from death, this is a Sim’s last chance to research and purchase a cure. There are two types of Rodent Remedies available in the game: Rabid Rodent Serum (§500) and Rabies Inoculation Serum (§800).
❗ If you have The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion installed, Sims can use the computer at the Vet Clinic to purchase remedies after speaking to employees.
Both rodent remedies cure Sims, but the latter protects them from the disease indefinitely. Once the clock runs out on the final stage of the disease, Sims will be met with death.
Sims will experience a multitude of symptoms, including constant sneezing, fever, and loss of bladder control. Sims will most definitely be uncomfortable up until their death.
Sims who don’t help themselves in the final 24 hours will die. Death by Rabid Rodent Fever is a new type of death complete with new animations and a ghost. As death plays out, Sims will froth at the mouth, curl their hands like a rodent, and start to scratch their head.
Sims who pass away and return as ghosts will still be infected, but will not be contagious to other Sims. Rabid Rodent Fever ghosts are dressed as hamsters (Create-a-Sim Outfit) and foam at the mouth like a rabid animal. (See here for a death and ghost video)
While in this state, they will receive a special self-interaction called “Spread Rodent Fear”. This interaction allows ghosts to spread fake fear among nearby Sims and cause them to run away in fear.
Lastly, these ghosts can permanently cure their eternal disease by purchasing the Rabies Inoculation Serum for §800. This will remove the outfit, stop them from foaming at the mouth, and turn them into a regular ghost. Ghosts cannot contract this disease.
Aquarium Coffee Table
My First Pet Stuff Adds an animated Aquarium Coffee Table to the game. The table is a first of its kind as the first “round” coffee table available in the game. The table is already pre-stocked with a selection of fish, so Sims are not able to add or remove any fish.
❗ The following objects are included with The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff, but have no functionality unless you have The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack installed.
❗ My First Pet Stuff also adds objects like pet beds, a food bowl, and a litter box to the game. For more information on these objects, see The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Guide.
The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff adds new pet doors to the game. There are 2 sizes available to Cats and Dogs of all sizes. Toddlers are still able to use the larger door even if you don’t have The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion installed.
The game adds new Cat Condos to the game for cats. Not only do these items stop them from clawing and tearing up furniture around the house, they also give them a place to groom, laze, play, sit, nap, sleep, and lie down. Cat heaven!
The Toy Box is an object that allows Sims to purchase and store toys for pets. It is also home to exclusive toys like the “WHATWASTHAT SQUEEKER” toy which is not found in buy mode. Pets will chew, whine, and claw at toys to increase their play levels. Dogs can fetch their own toys from the toy box, while cats will need to have them handed to them.
Build/Buy Mode Objects
The Sims 4 My First Pet includes 38 buy and build mode items. This includes objects, build items, styled rooms, and every other item that was included with the game. The slideshow below contains 35 of these objects, with the “Styled Rooms” listed right below.
The slideshow begins with “Modern Pupper Door” and ends with “Rise n’ Shine Sleepy Bed”. If you prefer to view the images individually, check out the album on Flickr.