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Small Pets

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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.

The Sims[edit | edit source]

Some of the small pets available in The Sims

In The Sims, only one small pet was available, the fish in the Poseidon's Adventure Aquarium. Sims have to feed the fish and clean the tank to ensure they remain healthy.

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[edit | edit source]

Fish[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

A womrat
A Sim playing with her womrat

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.

Small dogs[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Releasing butterflies

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[edit | edit source]

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.

Small pets are the only pets that young adults can keep on college lots, or that can be kept in vacation homes.

List of objects[edit | edit source]

Object name Description Price Size Stocking price Pet variety Game
FMCU 3000 Womrats sometimes bite, which led to the development of the Fuzzy Mammal Containment Unit. Every unit is comprised of shatter-proof plastics that ensure your household's protection, as well as an exercise wheel to keep the inhabitants of the FMCU otherwise occupied. With the FMCU you can safely own and enjoy a long as it is contained.

Fun: 7

§250 1x1 §70
  • Black
  • Whitebrown
  • Rex
  • Panda
  • Albino
Tropico Avian Sanctuary Naturalist Steven Crest discovered a species of brightly colored birds while exploring the jungle. He quickly noticed that the birds were talking! Realizing he could socialize with birds instead of Sims, Crest devised the Tropico Avian Sanctuary and brought them home. Whether you're lonely and need a companion or just wish to add some colorful plumage to your home, Crest's birds are the answer!

Fun: 8

§500 2x1 §400
  • White
  • Red
  • Kestrel
  • Green
  • Gray
Modern Arf Indoor Dog Pen Living without a yard is tough - especially for a dog. The Modern Arf Dog Pen is here to help. Perfect for a number of toy dogs, the Modern Arf provides an enclosed space that keeps your dog happy without taking over your apartment. The pen comes with all necessary amenities and is perfect for any urban dog-lover.

Fun: 8

§525 3x3 §400
  • Black
  • Brown
  • White
  • Yellow

The Sims 2 (Nintendo DS)[edit | edit source]

A Sim feeding a Bunyip

In The Sims 2 for DS, there's a few small pets that can be purchased at the Strangetown General Store. The Koi Pond has one carp that periodically jumps about, it can only be admired. The Pet Bunyip will do a back flip each time it has been fed. These pets can only be placed in the player's suite or the hotel guest rooms.

Image Name Price Description
Koi Pond §1,000 A puny, placid pond for your cute, Koi carp.
Pet Bunyip §3,000 An odd and possibly fake creature from Australia. Please feed it.

The Sims 2: Apartment Pets[edit | edit source]

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The Sims 3[edit | edit source]

Main article: Minor pet

In The Sims 3 many aquatic animals, including fish, frogs, snails, and crocodiles, and insects can be caught and placed in an aquarium. The Sims 3: Pets feature various kinds of minor pets, which can be caught outdoors like other collectibles. Minor pets can be kept temporarily in the inventory, but they might eventually run away if kept for too long. Minor pets need to be placed in terrarium. Animals in aquariums and terrariums must be fed regularly.

List of minor pets in The Sims 3: Pets[edit | edit source]

  • 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
  • Ants

In The Sims 3: Supernatural, there are storage cabinets suitable to showcase up to 8 insects and butterflies from Sims' inventories.

The Sims 4[edit | edit source]

The Sims 4 has three types of small pets: fish, frogs, and insects. Neither have to be fed and they will never die.

Fish[edit | edit source]

See also: Fishing (The Sims 4)

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.

Image Name Price Notes
"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.
Guppy §15
Goldfish §20
Tetra §25

Frogs[edit | edit source]

Frogs can only be caught in the wild, and cannot be bought unless the player uses the bb.showhiddenobjects cheat. There are 25 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.

Image Name Value Rarity Description
File:Frog-dirt.png Dirt Frog §10 Common The solid brown Dirt Frog is an unassuming fellow, but has a great sense of humor.
File:Frog-eggplant.png Eggplant Frog §10 Common The deep purple of this amphibian has contributed to its popularity among collectors and royal families the world over.
File:Frog-heart.png Heart Frog §10 Common Thanks to its brilliant coloring, the Heart Frog has been given as a token of affection for years.
File:Frog-leaf.png Leaf Frog §10 Common This frog is notorious for its ability to camouflage itself in more verdant environs.
File:Frog-spotted-leaf.png 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".
File:Frog-striped-leaf.png Striped Leaf Frog §10 Common Its skin is the height of camouflage as this frog feeds on the Striped Leaf Insect.
File:Frog-striped-eggplant.png Striped Eggplant Frog §10 Uncommon The Striped Eggplant Frog is prone to violent outbursts. No one's sure why.
File:Frog-striped-heart.png Striped Heart Frog §10 Uncommon Traditionally, this frog has been kept as a pet by barbers.
File:Frog-surfer-leaf.png Surfer Leaf Frog §10 Uncommon This frog is proud of its green colors and skill hangin' ten.
File:Frog-spotted-eggplant.png Spotted Eggplant Frog §10 Uncommon The majestic Spotted Eggplant Frog flaunts plum-colored speckles and ironically dislikes veggies.
File:Frog-whirly-leaf-hypno.png Hypno Frog §25 Uncommon Ancient tribes people in the jungle are known for licking the HypnoFrog. Apparently it tasted like apples.
File:Frog-surfer-heart.png Heartsurfer Frog §25 Rare Love keeps this little red guy riding the waves.
File:Frog-surfer-eggplant.png Surfer Eggplant Frog §30 Rare The Surfer Eggplant Frog is well known in warm climates with gnarly beaches.
File:Frog-sunflower.png Sunflower Frog §30 Uncommon Long, sunny days sipping lemonade gives this frog its brilliant golden color.
File:Frog-spotted-heart.png Spotted Heart Frog §30 Uncommon The Spotted Heart Frog is adorned with pimple-like red dots. It can hula hoop with bent reeds.
File:Frog-spotted-dirt.png Spotted Dirt Frog §30 Common The mud-colored speckling of this amphibian provides excellent camouflage in chocolate pudding.
File:Frog-striped-dirt.png 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.
File:Frog-striped-sunflower-tiger.png Tiger Frog §35 Uncommon Unlike its namesake, the Tiger Frog does not have teeth. Or fur.
File:Frog-whirly-heart-bullseye.png 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.
File:Frog-surfer-dirt.png Dirtsurfer Frog §100 Rare This frog's name comes not from its rippling earth-tone skin, but from a love for sand-boarding.
File:Frog-whirly-eggplant.png Eggplant Whirl Frog §100 Rare Eggplant Whirl Frogs are known for being fickle and sarcastic.
File:Frog-spotted-sunflower-leopard.png Leopard Frog §100 Rare The Leopard Frog is dotted with mustard-colored specks. It aspires to a career in politics.
File:Frog-whirly-dirt.png Dirtwhirl Frog §120 Uncomon The Dirtwhirl Frog is often found in circles in mud puddles.
File:Frog-surfer-sunflower.png Sunsurfer Frog §125 Rare The Sunsurfer Frog is not only yellow but also evokes the visual waves of heat rising on a hot day.
File:Frog-whirly-sunflower.png Whirlyflower Frog §160 Rare Also called the Daisy Frog, this specimen is well known for its bright voice and sunny disposition.

Rodents[edit | edit source]

Main article: Rodents

Rodents are introduced into The Sims 4 through The Sims 4: My First Pet Stuff. This pack introduces hamsters, rats, hedgehogs, and a new to the series, miniature bubalus voidcritter.

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