When The Sims 4 released back in 2014, but it lacked one feature more than anything else: Pets. Most people who have pets would, I think, I agree with the statement that your pet is part of your family. The Pets Expansion Pack for The Sims 4 remedied this when it was released, giving players the ability to create pets for their Sims' household.
But, it didn't stop there. The Sims has an active (and occasionally very strange) modding community, and they were hard at work upon the release of the Pets expansion, expanding options and interactions available for your pets. There's a wide variety of mods out there, so I've compiled what I think are the 10 best, or at least most interesting, mods available.
First and foremost, the biggest complaint people had about the Pets Expansion Pack for The Sims 4 is that you couldn't control your pets like you could in The Sims 3. It was honestly just a strip-down of features, but the situation is remedied somewhat with the Control Your Pets mod.
This allows you to control certain aspects of your cats and dogs, and although the mod is admittedly a little bit limited, they're trying to continually add more options as time goes on. It's still a big improvement over having no control over your pets whatsoever.
The Control Your Pets mod is developed by fufu508.
They say the eyes are the window to the soul, and if you can't find your pet's soul while looking into their cartoony eyes in The Sims 4, then you're in luck. The Real Eyes mod changes the eyes to look a bit more natural, more realistic, instead of the cartoony nature of them in the vanilla game. They definitely don't fit the art style of the whole game nearly as well as the default eyes, but they do add a certain liveliness that the default eyes can lack sometimes.
The Real Eyes mod is developed by kellyhb5.
Okay, so maybe you like your pet's eyes. Maybe, in fact, you want eyes exactly like your pet's eyes. Well, you're also in luck! The Animal Eyes mod adds the option to give your Sim some seriously memorable eyes. This gives an increase in the amount of eye color options available, but more importantly, gives a different kind of eye shape, too.
Give your Sim some snake or dragon eyes for a more reptilian feel, or go with some kinder-looking eyes by choosing the husky or cat eyes.
The Animal Eyes mod is developed by SimplyMorgan77.
It can be frustrating in a game when you know exactly how to create something or someone, but the option to create it just isn't available. Well, for anybody with a three-legged best friend out there, this mod is made for you. Create dog and cat Sims that are missing one of their appendages, with options for either a front leg or a back leg missing. This will go a long way towards making some people feel like they truly have their own pet in their game, and that's really awesome.
The Three-Legged Pets mod is developed by wyattssims.
If you fancy running a vet hospital in your Sims 4 game, but you have some Sims that you'd like to hire that are over-or-under qualified, you can ensure that you don't need to worry about it with this mod!
Before this mod, there were tons of qualified Sims out there to hire that had a skill-level just too high to have the option to hire, throwing a wrench in your well-laid plans. Theoretically, you could even run a family-owned vet clinic!
The Vet – Hire Whoever mod is developed by PolarBearSims.
If you'd like to run a pet-breeding business, this mod has you covered! Before, this option wasn't too terribly viable simply because you couldn't fetch a high enough price for your lovable little animals. But with this mod, the price increases based partly on the traits of the animal in question. A well-behaved and playful pooch might get a higher price tag than a sour, stubborn one, and so on.
The Pet Sale Price Increase mod is developed by pd1ds.
If you're more in the mood for some eccentric pet options, take a gander at this mod. The Red Panda mod does just about what you would expect; it adds red pandas to the game as a pet option. Specifically, it creates them under a household that you can choose and play with. These animals were crafted really quite well and bear a surprising resemblance to their real-life counterparts.
The Red Panda mod is developed by Bakie.
The More Recolors For Cats and Dogs mod is pretty straightforward; it adds more recolor options for your cats and dogs. The default game options are a little bit limited, and this mod strives to give you more options to perfectly craft the furry friend you desire.
With 10 extra recolor options, you're probably going to be able to get your pet to look a lot more like what you pictured when you started.
The More Recolors For Cats And Dogs mod is developed by wendy35pearly.
If you're a fan of the show Stranger Things (who isn't?), or you've got the sneaking suspicion that your cat is planning your untimely demise, you'll want to take a look at this mod. It adds a pretty cool-looking Demogorgon hat for your cat to wear, ensuring that you'll never leave your guard down around it again.
The Demogorgon Cat Hat mod is developed by flerb.
I'm cheating a little bit here because, technically, these are two mods, but c'mon; who's going to want one of these mods and not the other?
This mod adds a Superman shirt to the game for the more trustworthy cats to wear, and a Batman shirt for the coolest dogs out there. The world's finest, all in one house.