Civilization 6 Update Lets You Pet Dogs, But Not Cats

Civilization 6 Update Lets You Pet Dogs, But Not Cats
Image: Twitter (@davidwildgoose)

The latest major patch for Civilization 6 dropped this week, and there was a great new addition: you can finally pet the dog! Petting cats, however? Firaxis has some strong opinions there.

The inclusion appears as a new option on the menu bar for scouts, despite not being included in the patch notes for Civ 6‘s April 2021 update, which dropped early Friday morning Australian time. Fans quickly spotted the addition, since it appears on Scouts who … don’t really do much else besides running around the map.

It’s a great little animation for a very good boy. I even love the little tiny heart icons they’ve got on the toolbar.

There’s just one problem. While Civ 6 has no problem with you patting dogs, patting cats is simply not the done thing. Original Kotaku Australia editor David Wildgoose and long-time Civ fan spotted the exclusion this morning:

“One does not simply pet a cat,” the game’s English tool tip says, which is a brilliant nod to the fact that it’s a Sean Bean meme and Sean Bean is also the narrator for Civilization.

I’m not so sure about that one Firaxis. I mean, if the scout is walking around with a trio of cats, I reckon they’d be up for a chin rub every now and again. Sure, maybe they’d wander off for a week or two and then leave the poor scout wondering whether the cats still loved them, or if they even remembered all the nice times they spent together. But then they’d come wandering back, screaming for food and then happily purring away as if nothing happened.

Where was I? Oh yeah, patting the cat. C’mon, Firaxis. Patch it in!


  • Since they’re done with the free content, it’ll probably be paid DLC then.

    The ‘Cat Patting’ DLC, second only to Horse Armour.

  • Not having a dig or anything, but have journalists done market research that suggests petting virtual animals is of great value to the average gamer? Or do game journalists care much more about petting virtual animals than the average gamer? I’m just a bit perplexed at how often I see headlines about petting dogs on Kotaku and polygon. It’s not super often, but it’s definitely frequent enough to be a bit of a headscratcher.

    • Its a Twitter thing, methinks, sparked off by someone posting all the games you could pet dogs in to it.

    • It’s pretty much a meme. Just a fun thing and the more people (especially developers) join in, the more fun it is.

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