Pet trait (The Sims 4)

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The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs


Pet Trait
TS4C&D Territorial Demonstration.png
A cat demonstrating the "Territorial" trait.

See also: Trait (The Sims 4)

Pet trait is a personality system for pets in The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs. They are unique to them and are not available to Sims. On the other hand, traits for Sims are not available to pets either. Pet traits affect how cats and dogs perform, hunt and are interested towards Sims.

There is a total of 34 pet traits, 17 for cats and 17 for dogs. Some traits have unique attributes for one of the two species, but most traits are identical to one another. For example, the mischievous is a trait for cats and troublemaker is a trait for dogs, and both of them have the same general idea of the pet misbehaving. Pets created in Create a Pet can have up to three traits. Sims can get to know a pet before adopting it using the interaction "Get to know", learning one trait each time.

List of pet traits[edit | edit source]

Cat traits[edit | edit source]

Icon Trait Description Equivalent dog trait Conflict trait
Pet Trait TS4 Affectionate.png Affectionate These cats really love their owners. They’ll try to stick close to them whenever possible. Loyal Aloof
Pet Trait TS4 Aloof.png Aloof These cats don’t really need owners, they’re just here for the free food. Independent Affectionate
Pet Trait TS4 Clever.png Clever These cats are fast learners, and some say that they can even understand Simlish when spoken to! Smart
Pet Trait TS4 Curious.png Curious These cats are more curious about their surroundings. They like to search different objects around the house. Sleuth
Pet Trait TS4 Fluffy.png Fluffy These cats are more fluffy than normal! They’ll hack up hairballs more often. Hairy
Pet Trait TS4 Free Spirit.png Free Spirit These cats enjoy wandering around the world, almost as if they were wild animals! But don’t worry, they’ll always come home for the food. Adventurous
Pet Trait TS4 Friendly (Cat).png Friendly These pets tend to be friendly towards Sims, and will happily greet other Sims around them. Friendly Territorial
Pet Trait TS4 Frisky.png Frisky These cats are more active than other cats. They really like to pounce and run around. Active Lazy
Pet Trait TS4 Glutton.png Glutton These pets will eat significantly more often, and much more messily. Glutton
Pet Trait TS4 Lazy.png Lazy These cats really enjoy their catnaps. They are less likely to jump from place to place since it takes too much effort. Couch Potato Frisky
Pet Trait TS4 Mischievous.png Mischievous These cats are always up to no good! They will often misbehave and can even be encouraged to do so. Troublemaker
Pet Trait TS4 Playful (Cat).png Playful These pets love toys and want to play all the time, even when they’re not excited. Playful
Pet Trait TS4 Prowler.png Prowler These cats enjoy prowling around the neighborhood. Send them out and they might come back with something they’ve found. Hunter
Pet Trait TS4 Skittish.png Skittish These cats are scared of everything. Okay well, almost everything. They also like to hide a lot. Jumpy
Pet Trait TS4 Spoiled.png Spoiled These cats are spoiled creatures. Scolding them hardly ever changes their behavior. Stubborn
Pet Trait TS4 Talkative.png Talkative These cats love to yowl along with other Sims. They’ll even try to sing upon request. Vocal
Pet Trait TS4 Territorial.png Territorial These cats are fairly protective of their territory. They will be aggressive to anyone new they meet. Aggressive Friendly

Dog traits[edit | edit source]

Icon Trait Description Equivalent cat trait Conflict trait
Pet Trait TS4 Active.png Active These dogs are very energetic. They really like running and enjoy frequent walks. Frisky Couch Potato
Pet Trait TS4 Adventurous.png Adventurous These dogs will sometimes leave the house to go on solo adventures, but are also happy to go on an adventure with their owner. Free Spirit
Pet Trait TS4 Aggressive.png Aggressive These dogs will be more hostile when greeting others and might attack others unless properly trained. Territorial Friendly
Pet Trait TS4 Couch Potato.png Couch Potato These dogs are low-energy creatures that like to relax and unwind with their owners rather than run around. Lazy Active
Pet Trait TS4 Friendly (Dog).png Friendly These pets tend to be Friendly to other Sims, and will happily greet other Sims around them. Friendly Aggressive
Pet Trait TS4 Glutton.png Glutton These pets will eat significantly more often, and much more messily! Glutton
Pet Trait TS4 Hairy.png Hairy These dogs will leave hair piles laying around. Brush their fur to keep things tidy! Fluffy
Pet Trait TS4 Hunter.png Hunter These dogs are natural hunters. Send them off into the world and they’ll hunt and dig for things. Prowler
Pet Trait TS4 Independent.png Independent These dogs are less likely to need constant affection and can even walk themselves. Aloof Loyal
Pet Trait TS4 Jumpy.png Jumpy These dogs are easily frightened, and like to hide more often. They will often shy away from things like fights. Skittish
Pet Trait TS4 Loyal.png Loyal These dogs want to be closer with their owners and love to be pet. They like to follow their owners around. Affectionate Independent
Pet Trait TS4 Playful (Dog).png Playful These pets love toys and want to play all the time, even when they’re not excited. Playful
Pet Trait TS4 Sleuth.png Sleuth These dogs are naturally more curious and like to investigate different objects around the house. Curious
Pet Trait TS4 Smart.png Smart These bright dogs are easier to train and pick up tricks quickly. They might even understand Simlish! Clever
Pet Trait TS4 Stubborn.png Stubborn These dogs don’t like being told what to do. Scolding them doesn’t do much to change their misbehaviors, but you can try begging them to stop. Spoiled
Pet Trait TS4 Troublemaker.png Troublemaker These dogs are always up to nothing good. They will often misbehave and can even be encouraged to do so. Mischievous
Pet Trait TS4 Vocal.png Vocal These dogs like to howl occasionally, and can even sing on command. Talkative

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