Digital Spy writes: "Nintendogs + Cats is a visual treat, makes great use of the console's 3D features and contains all of the elements that made the 2005 releases such a big hit. Unfortunately, 3D aside, it doesn't contain enough unique features to make it worth buying for a second time. The activities and day-to-day pet-care remains largely the same, while the addition of cats provides a few laughs but little else. For those who fancy a pet simulation and have never tried the original, Nintendo's 3D offering is the perfect place to start. Unfortunately, for the millions of people who have been caring for a virtual canine since 2005, Nintendogs + Cats proves that you can't teach an old dog new tricks."