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Pets at University

by Lamare Posted 11th Jun 2018 at 10:12 PM - Updated 26th Apr 2019 at 12:47 AM by Lamare
22 Comments / replies (Who?) - 6 Feedback Posts, 15 Thanks Posts
This is a set of overrides with a simple goal - to liberate young adults and college neighborhoods from restrictions on pets.

This mod allows young adults and university residents to:
  • Adopt cats and dogs from pet shelter
  • Give them up for adoption
  • Sell and give pets to playable young adults
  • Buy pets in shops from pet displays
  • Hire obedience trainer
  • Have wants and fears about pets
Students living in main 'hood and non-students living on campus will be able to do all these things as well.
At the moment, teens can't take their pets with them by taxi when they're moving to college, but I plan on releasing the mod that allows that.
By the way, small pets, like birds, caged dogs and guinea pigs are allowed in college by default.

Plan of attack
  1. Make sure you have Pets and University expansion packs.
  2. Decide which version of this mod you want and download only one of them.
  3. Choose and download related mods.
  4. Optionally, run HCDU for conflicts.

Additional mods
You'd want to get additional mods that take care of aging, moving out and jobs at university. They are not absolutely necessary, but very much recommended.If you already have a similar mod (e.g. other custom aging controller), you might not need my equivalent. Test for yourself to see if that other mod works for pets at university.

The Sims 2 Pets and University.
I only tested on Ultimate Collection, but I did work on compatibility, so the mod should be good for other configs as well. No confirmation, though.

  • pets-at-university - regular version with all the above features.
  • pets-at-university+noautopetbuy - the difference from the regular version is that uncontrolled playables won't autonomously buy pets from pet displays. (Personal note: You get asked before a pet is added to buyer's family, so I personally don't use this version. I can always say no, but sometimes I want to say yes to random pets.)
Choose only one version of the mod!

HCDU may show possible conflicts with the following mods, but they are resolved.
  • MogHughson's Apartments and Shopping - you can use our mods together and have all the benefits, if my mod loads after Mog's. Both versions of my mod are compatible with Mog's.
  • Pescado's No Autonomous Pet Buying - it's included in the noautopetbuy version of my mod (there's no other way). This means you can remove Pescado's mod, or let my mod load after Pescado's.
  • No Pet Obsession by twojeffs - can probably be resolved, see post #16

This mod may conflict with other mods that override the same resources.

That's it. If you catch a bug or have a suggestion, please post in the comments. Thank you!

Additional Credits:
EA/Maxis, SimPE, Compressorizer, Photoshop.
My thanks to LilSister and gummilutt for testing.
The picture is composed of original Sims 2 renders and some default Photoshop pattern.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2 University Pets

This is a multi-part download:

Choose only one version of the mod!
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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22 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 5 Feedback Posts, 15 Thanks Posts
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#2 Old 11th Jun 2018 at 10:45 PM
Amazing! You spoil us Lamare. :bunny:
Mad Poster
#3 Old 11th Jun 2018 at 10:56 PM
Forum Resident
#4 Old 11th Jun 2018 at 11:54 PM
Omigosh! Do you know what this means..? FRATERNITY MASCOTS!! I have been working on perfecting a new fraternity on my campus. Got all kinds of deco, colors, coat-of-arms, symbols, custom clothing... Now, I can add a MASCOT! ...and, the ability to swipe the other guy's mascot. >=)

Thanks, Lamare! You really do come up with the greatest stuff!

Lab Assistant
#5 Old 12th Jun 2018 at 2:53 AM
This is awesome! Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 13th Jun 2018 at 2:33 PM
I've been waiting for this to be finished, awesome! Thank you so much for sharing.
Test Subject
#7 Old 13th Jun 2018 at 9:33 PM
This looks fantastic! I already love the uni pregnancy mod; this should be just as much fun!
#8 Old 15th Jun 2018 at 2:44 AM
Thats awesome, thankyou!
#9 Old 15th Jun 2018 at 4:17 PM
I actually once got a pet in university by accident - I was able to give a cat away to a YA. I kind of smacked myself when I loaded her lot and realized I'd gotten a cat into college. It was basically fine except that a) the cat did not age, and b) the only way to get the cat off campus after she graduated was to have one of her roommates invite her over and give it back. I'm glad there's now a hack to fix those problems, though! Thanks for making uni so much more interesting to play.
Top Secret Researcher
#10 Old 17th Jun 2018 at 8:06 AM
Oh god. Something to make UNI play more interesting! Goddang, latlely TS2 modding community is booming. Thanks :D
#11 Old 17th Jun 2018 at 4:40 PM
Wonderfull ! I love pixel pets and I think they can't do that much in the game. Now they can walk throught campus. Thanks !
Test Subject
#12 Old 4th Jul 2018 at 8:46 PM
Works perfectly with UC. Thanks a lot !
#13 Old 9th Jul 2018 at 11:23 PM
This is something I have needed in my game for a long time, thank you so much!!
Test Subject
#14 Old 11th Feb 2019 at 12:52 PM
Great mod. I never understood, why you couldn't have pets in uni.
Test Subject
#15 Old 25th Apr 2019 at 6:29 AM
Great mod! Does it conflict with no pet obession by TJ?
just a girl
Original Poster
#16 Old 26th Apr 2019 at 12:41 AM
Originally Posted by Pytti
Great mod! Does it conflict with no pet obession by TJ?

Yes, you could say it conflicts a little, but it's a sort of conflict you can try to resolve by load order. As well as my mod, "No Pet Obsession" also alters sim's wish to obtain a pet. If TJ's mod wins the load order, it will still prevent young adults from having that want. If my mod wins, TJ's alterations to the wish (dependency on interest in animals, etc.) will be ignored by the game.

Note that I haven't tested the mods together, this is just my assessment made by quickly looking at the code.
Test Subject
#17 Old 22nd Sep 2019 at 2:42 PM
wow this looks great! Can't wait to unlock university in my build a city challenge to be able to try this out!
Test Subject
#18 Old 24th Oct 2020 at 8:04 PM
Hi, does this mod allow you to bring a pet to uni that is already in the original household? I just had my teen adopt a puppy at home, but would like him to bring the puppy to uni. Thanks!
just a girl
Original Poster
#19 Old 25th Oct 2020 at 6:39 PM
Originally Posted by silly_lion
Hi, does this mod allow you to bring a pet to uni that is already in the original household? I just had my teen adopt a puppy at home, but would like him to bring the puppy to uni. Thanks!

Hi. Sims can't bring pets with them directly when they leave to uni. You can arrange what you want another way: by having another family member give the puppy to the student when he's already on campus.
Test Subject
#20 Old 21st Jun 2021 at 8:41 PM
Thank you !
Test Subject
4th Aug 2021 at 5:15 PM
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Test Subject
#21 Old 13th Oct 2021 at 2:54 AM
No auto buy pet mod help
With the pop up message that asks if the pet will be added to the family does that apply to non controlled sims but playlable sims?( like another household)
example: I am playing The Goth family and I am at a store that has dog and cat displays with the animals for sale and say Nina Caliente walks in and buys a cat. Will I get a pop up asking me if the cat should be added to Nina's household or will she never buy a pet unless I control her if I have the no auto buy pet part? If I don't have the no auto pet buy mod will the cat automatically be added to Nina's household? Thank you
just a girl
Original Poster
#22 Old 13th Oct 2021 at 11:12 AM
Hi, @greenlizard42
With regular version, Nina may try to buy a pet while you're playing Goths, but as soon as you load Caliente family, the game will ask you, if you want that pet to be added to the family (default Maxis design).
With "noautopetbuy", Nina will never buy random pets while you're playing Goths. When you're playing Calientes - she still might.
I recommend the regular version, because you can decide each time as you see fit (unless you really hate this feature, which is also fine ).