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Custom CAS Pet Patterns *6 Year Creator Anniversary*

by Phaenoh Posted 19th Jul 2013 at 8:40 PM - Updated 19th Jul 2013 at 10:04 PM by Phaenoh
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Well, today is usually supposed to be a celebration for me. Today marks my 6th Creator Anniversary, it is also my 160th upload. Like usual I'm bringing something interesting to the table, but it's bittersweet. On July 3, my beloved cat died. She had been wasting away with stomach cancer for over a year and though we'd had surgery three times to remove tumors, she lost the battle. She'd been part of our family for 11 years, not long enough at all for an indoor cat by any means. She had been 'my' cat for the first half of that time. I had picked her out at the pound as a spritely kitten when I was 15. After I went away to college, it became apparent that she had been Mom's cat all along.

To help deal with the loss of her, I've spent the last few weeks gathering photos of her and creating as faithful a sim cat version of her as I can. Early on I ran into a stumbling block. She has a very unique 'eyeliner' marking on her face and just the very tip of her tail is white. Neither one of these has anything even close to it in game, so I had to figure out how to make custom coat patterns. I'd figured this should be relatively easy, Pets has been out for around 5 years, surely we know how to do that by now. However, I found that this was not the case! Apparently there is an issue with the custom group preventing patterns from working correctly and it was never solved (and still is not). There were some other issues as well but those I was able to work out relying on my bodyshop modding knowledge. I'm *very* close to making custom pet eyes, but it is also entirely possibly that while close, the rest of the way is impossible, so who knows.

These two coat patterns will appear in front of all the other patterns, just as every other custom CAS bit does. They also have the CC star, custom tooltip, and display it in the coat layers panel. (All of those things were not working when this project was abandoned.)

I'll be posting a tutorial on how to make your own coat patterns soon, but it's super late now so look for it over the weekend.
If you are interested, I have a photobucket album of some of her pictures up (only from when she was healthy, nothing depressing!)

To install, place all three packages in your downloads folder. Pretty simple!
If you want her personality to be 'accurate' as well, give her these traits: genius, mid-active, mid-independent, aggressive, and finicky.

I hope no one finds this terribly morbid, but it's really been helpful dealing with the grief. I was fortunately to visit home the weekend before she died and my mom was with her when she passed. She went quickly and was not in pain. The funeral was hard, but it was very lovely. She has a pretty grave up near the shade trees and we planted her favorite yellow flowers for her there. I miss my kitty so much.

- Phae, and sim Bootsie Cat

Custom Content by Me:
- Boostie Cat as Custom Breed
- Custom Eyeliner Pet Pattern
- Custom Tail Tip Pet Pattern

Additional Credits:
Echo and WesHowe for laying most of the groundwork for me.
Huge thanks to my bf, pointycollars, for rescuing me when I needed a few extra pictures taken but would have had to wait until after work to take them myself, thereby missing my deadline. He's never played the game before, but was able to get me the last two images and saving my butt! Thank you so much hunny!
Tags: #Bootsie, #Boots, #cat, #kitty, #custom, #pattern, #coat, #pets, #eyeliner, #tail, #tip

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Test Subject
#2 Old 19th Jul 2013 at 9:06 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss! She seemed like such a sweet and precious kitty. I really like your download, and the custom coat patterns are lovely.
Mad Poster
#3 Old 19th Jul 2013 at 9:14 PM
I'm sorry about your cat! She's adorable.
Mad Poster
#4 Old 19th Jul 2013 at 9:37 PM
Having a pet die on you is always hard, and it only gets harder the longer they live. 11 years is no short time to spend with another living being. Good for you that you found a way to make something with your grief

Given the restrictions of Sims I think you did a really good job at making it look like her. The custom fur-patterns are really neat. Thanks for sharing with us, despite how personal the story is
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 19th Jul 2013 at 10:03 PM
So sorry for your loss Phaenoh, but I hope you take some comfort in knowing that she isn't in any pain and they never leave you she will always be by your side Beautiful Bootsie, beautiful way to show your appreciation of her. I also want to say Congrats on 6 years,Well Done!!
#6 Old 19th Jul 2013 at 10:29 PM
Cool, maybe now I can finally learn how to make my old cat Treasure. She had "eyebrow" markings right above her eyes, very strange.
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 19th Jul 2013 at 10:34 PM
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. Your upload in her memory is beautiful, though!
Mad Poster
#8 Old 19th Jul 2013 at 10:40 PM
What a beautiful tribute, Phae! Tears are streaming... Thank you so much for sharing Bootsie and the new coat patterns with us.

Bootsie looks just like my little 'Liza*grrrr* (-girl).
...Who was named after Eliza Dolittle - because she, too, was a "laie-dy" (said in your best Cockney)
'Liza passed away from tummy cancer 14 years ago; and she's still with me everyday. You will never forget Bootsie, or the love you share.

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Field Researcher
#9 Old 19th Jul 2013 at 11:13 PM
My sister had to put down one of her two remaining cats just a couple weeks ago, so I completely understand. Orion & his still living brother Domino were the last of a litter of 4 brothers that I rescued while at work a long time ago at the age of 12 weeks. Orion was 17 when he died. Domino is still purring along at the moment, although his health isn't the greatest.

Anyway, I wanted to take the time to say "I'm sorry" and also "Holy @#$%!!!" because I am absolutely thrilled that you have found a way to get custom pet coats into the game! (WTF was the thinking about that? Did the Maxiods seriously not think that folks might actually want to customize pet coats/etc like we do with everything else in the game? Oi vey!)

Thank you very much for your amazing work (& upcoming tutorial) & again, I am very sorry for your recent loss.

> insert sympathetic wolf-kiss here <
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#10 Old 19th Jul 2013 at 11:13 PM
What a pretty little puss Bootsie was. Thank you for sharing your story and Bootsie with us. I know how you're feeling cos I lost my beloved cat, Pepsi, last year to a similar illness, he was 12.
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
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#11 Old 19th Jul 2013 at 11:15 PM Last edited by Phaenoh : 20th Jul 2013 at 5:08 PM.
Thank you everyone for your kind words. Boots was our family's best (and original) cat, and I've just learned from my mom that they took my littlest sister to the shelter to pick out a new cat. They brought home a new young grey cat for the family, so we are once again, back up to 5 grey cats!

I don't mean to drag us all down today, so let's not be too sad, this is a celebration post after all!

Edit: She says it's 'twany' colored, not grey at all! (That's also what she name her.)
Mad Poster
#12 Old 20th Jul 2013 at 1:00 AM
Love the pet patterns you've made, Phaenoh
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#13 Old 20th Jul 2013 at 4:40 AM
You are a bodyshop wizard!
Mad Poster
#14 Old 20th Jul 2013 at 9:45 PM
Creativity assuages grief, but nothing fills the cat-shaped hole in your life but another cat. May Twany have many long and happy years, and Bootsie live on in many, many games, pouncing her people and terrorizing parrots!
Field Researcher
#15 Old 24th Jul 2013 at 1:13 PM
I understand your sadness, I also lost cats that I loved, who also lost the fight against the disease.Your cat was adorable, really beautiful.
Test Subject
#16 Old 11th Aug 2013 at 9:51 PM
Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's hard no matter what and it's worse when the younger they are, I think.

The actual patterns are lovely and I'm looking forward to using them. Given how many cats have "eyeliner" in real life (we have three in my immediate family!) you'd think Maxis would have made it.
Test Subject
#17 Old 19th Aug 2013 at 4:55 AM
She was absolutely beautiful, and thank you so much for these. It's ingenious, and I was wondering if you might be willing to write a tutorial on how you did it? I have a lovely calico who's markings are fantastic, but the game doesn't allow for anything close to them. Thanks so much for sharing these :3
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#18 Old 19th Aug 2013 at 4:37 PM
I do intend to write up the tutorial, I've just been swamped with other things right now.
Test Subject
#19 Old 11th Oct 2013 at 10:19 PM
She is very beautiful!! I can understand your cats are my children now that my son is grown. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely kitty. I am so sorry for your loss but with her in your Sims games a part of her is still around.
Test Subject
#20 Old 13th Oct 2013 at 10:14 PM
this is awesome! i want to thank you so much but my heart is overreacting and now i can't find any words for this! I'll try to make my own fur patterns :) yay!
Test Subject
#21 Old 15th Oct 2013 at 5:02 PM
I've been trying to make my own patterns now and already "converted" the eyeliner for dogs. However, when I edit the textures nothing happens and I still see the eyeliner. Is there some LIFO or anything linked? I can't change the name too. Well I can change the label that appears when moving over the picture but that's all. It would be nice if you'd make a tutorial
Test Subject
#22 Old 3rd Nov 2013 at 8:27 PM
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I'm sorry for your loss. I know what it's like to lose a kitty. I think it's sweet that you created a sim version of your kitty, and I'm hoping these custom marks will help me make a version of my lost kitty, Lilly, who had very similar eyeliner type markings. Thanks so much!
Lab Assistant
#23 Old 22nd Nov 2013 at 5:40 AM
Aww, poor Bootsie. I checked out the pics, I love the ones where she's in amongst the plants What a beautiful Kitty. I'm sorry to hear about her passing away, hope you're doing ok. Great download btw. I'm definitely going to use it xx
Test Subject
#24 Old 4th Dec 2013 at 8:53 PM
So sorry to hear about your cat, Phae, I lost my Patch a couple of years ago (and right before Christmas, too) to pancreatic cancer.
Super excited for the tutorial, though, I could never make Sim!Patch because she had this cute little smudge above her lip that just never translated to the game
Test Subject
#25 Old 6th May 2014 at 12:31 PM
At first, thank you for your wonderful work. You really make the game more interesting and colorful. You've said you were thinking about making custom pet eyes. So I want to ask. How about pet collars on custom meshes? In my Download folder I have one dog collar made on nonstandard mesh (I mean the collar with the tag that was made for some ucoz event). I was trying to make my custom collar on its base, but my creating skills are very low, so i failed the task. And it would be so nice to have spiked collars for dogs and pretty bows for cats. I hope you will not think it's impertinent, but if you are interested I could give a link to download the collar i've told about. Maybe you would be able to understand how it was done and make some template or tutorial or even some collars.
In any case, once again thank you for your wonderful work and sorry for my bad english.
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