How To Get A Pet In The Sims 4? (Guide)

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Pets in Sims 4

If you want to know how to get a pet in The Sims 4, you’re in the right place. In this post, I’ll talk all about getting a pet in this game so you can have a cat or a dog in no time. And whether you want to add a pet to an existing family in Sims 4 or get one as you’re creating your new family, I’ve got you covered!

Pets are one of the most interesting additions to The Sims 4. They’ve been around ever since The Sims 1, and they’re also a big part of our real lives. So it’s only logical that we want them in Sims 4 too. Luckily, the Cats & Dogs DLC added two of the most popular pets in the game, and now we can get them for our Sims at any time!

Keep in mind that you will need the Cats & Dogs expansion pack to get either a cat or a dog in Sims 4. There are some mods on the internet that add pets to your game, but they’re nowhere near the DLC. So, make sure you own Cats & Dogs if you want a pet in TS4!

Check how you can always have a girl baby in Sims 4!

How to Get a Pet in Sims 4?

How to Adopt a Pet in Sims 4?

The first method of getting a pet in Sims 4 is to actually adopt them. Adopting is the best way of adding a pet to an existing family of Sims in Sims 4 if you don’t want to use a cheat. Here’s how adopting works.

You can either adopt a pet through the computer or the phone in The Sims 4. On the computer, select Household > Adopt > Adopt Cat / Adopt Dog, depending on what you want. On the phone, go to Household > Hire a Service > Adopt Cat / Adopt Dog after your Sim finishes the call.

And that’s about it. Shortly after you select to adopt a cat or a dog, the new pet will be added to your household. You can do this multiple times in a row as long as you have space for more Sims. Keep in mind that the maximum number of Sims per household is 8, and if you want to increase this number so you can have more pets, you must download the household limit mod.

Here’s a YouTube video on how to adopt a pet.

How to Get a Pet in Sims 4 with Cheats?

The other method of getting a pet in Sims 4 is using the CAS cheat. If you’re not familiar, the idea here is to unlock full edit in the CAS (Create a Sim) menu. This will allow you to your Sims in any way you want, but also to add new members to your household.

The first thing to do here is to enable cheats. You can do this by hitting SHIFT + CTRL + C on your keyboard and typing the “testingcheats true” command in the bar above. Hit enter, and you’ll be able to use cheats.

Secondly, you want to click on your Sim while holding the SHIFT button. This will offer you many options, including the one you need – “Modify in CAS.” After you select this option, you’ll be taken to the CAS menu. 

Once you’re there, just click on the little “+” button to add a new Sim to your household. Then you’ll need to select between a cat or a dog and choose the right breed for you. In the end, just save your progress and enjoy your pet!

And that’s how to get a pet in Sims 4!

Here’s how to adopt both kids and pets in Sims 4.


I hope this guide helped you if you struggled to get a pet in Sims 4. The whole process is straightforward once you’ve done it a couple of times. But if you’re brand new, just follow my instructional steps, regardless of the method you’re using, adopting, or using cheats.

Happy simming!

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