The Sims 3: Pets

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Expansion adds fun, four-legged perspective to popular sim.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 18 reviews

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Positive Messages

This expansion pack helps bring to life the joy of having a pet by providing Sims with loving animals. The game shows that pets can be by your side when you're feeling low and need a boost of happiness. It also instills in players the responsibilities involved with owning a real pet.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Everything is open-ended, meaning Sims can behave well or poorly based on player choices. Players are encouraged to be good role models, because other Sim characters will react positively if they are treated with respect.

Ease of Play

Although players can do whatever they want in this game, in order to succeed they need to successfully get a job, multitask, and forge complex social interactions. To keep the Sims healthy, players will need to have a strong attention to detail and a lot of focus.


Although the expansion itself introduces no new violence into The Sims 3, the core game does include some. Sims can taunt, argue, and get into physical fights with each other. Sims with nasty personality traits may actually feel better after beating up another Sim.


It is possible for pets to have intercourse with other pets and have babies. The depiction is no more graphic than the sexual material that exists in the base game, which allows Sims to make "woohoo" (the Sims version of sex) under bed sheets.


This is an expansion pack for The Sims 3. As is common with this series, players need to continue buying add-ons like this to keep the game fresh and interesting.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Sims 3: Pets is an expansion pack to The Sims 3. Players need the base game in order to play this expansion, which greatly enhances the presence of animals in the virtual Sims world. This expansion adds incremental new content, such as the ability for pets to mate. However, the level of sexuality and violence in the base game trumps anything new in the expansion. There are also a variety of new virtual household items to buy with in-game money, most of which are designed for players' pets to interact with.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17-year-old Written byJulie Carnale November 2, 2017


When I bought this game for my nicee, she smiled, and said dhe did nnot know how to repayy me! I know that at her age, with out a phone when everyone els has on... Continue reading
Adult Written bycoolmom1 July 6, 2014

It's Fine

Honestly this game is fine, the only thing that would barely unsettle parents is that pets can have puppies. Sims can also have kids but its fine not explict at... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 8, 2018

it fine

i think its a great game to play for kids
Teen, 13 years old Written byApaulicool January 11, 2021

The Sims 3: Pets: Rating from Aivee

This game is very fun to play. It simulates real life and the responsibilities included. Taking care of the pets and children you have is the most fun to me, a... Continue reading

What's it about?

THE SIMS 3: PETS transforms the Sims 3 experience by introducing a brand new perspective to the game. Players can literally manage the lives of their cats and dogs in a way that is almost as deep and complex as the masterfully sophisticated human simulation element of the game. The game allows players to see the world through the eyes of their four-legged companion, increase their skills and attributes, and explore new places throughout the virtual world. It adds an entire new dimension of play to an already robust and sophisticated game.

Is it any good?

The Sims 3: Pets is a fantastic addition to the Sims 3 game for any pet lover or for players who want a new and exciting twist to this fascinatingly complex simulation title. It adds a much deeper component to the game than many of the other expansion packs that focus mainly on adding new areas to explore or a bunch of new virtual trinkets. With this expansion, players get to explore the Sims world they've come to know so well in a completely new way. Players will also have to learn brand new nuances and intricacies of managing their pet's well-being in addition to continuing to focus on their humans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how animals enrich our lives. Is that true in this game?

  • Does the presence of animals in a game make it more fun? What is your favorite animal game?

Game details

  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: EA
  • Release date: October 18, 2011
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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