If you're a Sims fan, you've probably done the family and white-picket fence thing a million times, but what about some fun-loving pets?
With The Sims 2: Pets all you have to do is have your Sim pick up the phone and dial the Pet Adoption Service, where they’ll have plenty of cats and dogs to choose from. You can also create your own unique cats and dogs through the Create a Family screen, where size, color, body type, markings, and personalities can be tweaked to your heart’s content. Choose from dozens of pedigreed breeds, and make your new fuzzy friend look like your real life dog.
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Your Sim might find a stray cat or dog wandering around the house and develop a relationship with it, which will convince the animal to stay around for a while. Eventually, it will become a member of the household. This option is recommended for cheap Sims.
If you have the Open For Business expansion pack, you can buy cats and dogs at a downtown pet store. Pets also allows players with Open For Business to open their own pet shops.