How to befriend wild animals in The Sims 4 Cottage Living (and what they do)

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In The Sims 4 Cottage Living, Sims can befriend wild rabbits, foxes, and birds. A good relationship with these creatures can benefit a Sim’s farm.

With the Villa expansion pack for The sims 4, players can now live on a farm, raise cattle, and even befriend wild animals. Sims can socialize with foxes, birds, and rabbits, including interacting to give and receive gifts. With a relationship bar high enough, Sims can even ask wild animals to help them with their crops. While cultivating a positive relationship with these animals isn’t particularly complicated, it can take some time.

Similar to pets, Sims have relationship bars for all pets on their lot. the Villa the expansion pack brought chickens, roosters, cows and llamas to The sims 4 like farm animals. All it takes is for a Sim to purchase the farm animal and structure to live there. Since they live in the field, it is much easier to form a relationship with them. Since wild animals do not originally live on residential lots, it may take a bit longer to gain their trust.

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To get started, a Sim must find a wild animal to befriend. Birds, rabbits and foxes are all found in the world, and stray cats and dogs can breed in a neighborhood. Some exploration may be necessary, but there are plenty of these creatures in Henford-on-Bagley. Once they become friends, wild animals can give random gifts and be a useful addition to a Sim’s farm or garden.

How to befriend wild animals in The Sims 4 Cottage Living

A Sim and a Wild Rabbit in The Sims 4 Cottage Living

The wild animals of The Sims 4: Cabin Life may be shy at first, so Sims need to gain their trust. Once players locate a wild rabbit, fox, or flock of birds, their Sim can simply use the look interaction to slowly improve friendship from a distance. Once a strong positive relationship has been established, Sims can try out social interactions. The different treats for animals Villa can be great relationship boosters.


Giving gifts is another way to form friendships with wild animals. Each animal will begin with a question mark next to some type of gift, such as products, flowers, or wool. The more gifts the Sim gives, the more they will learn about animal preferences. A thumbs up or down will appear next to the gift to indicate a preference, and a heart will mark their favorite gift. Sims with the Enthusiastic Animal trait can also use the Discover gift preferences interaction to easily speed up the process.

After gaining a high enough relationship with wild animals, Sims can eventually purchase structures for some of them to live in. Wild rabbits have a small stump, and flocks of birds have a thinner, hollow shaft. There is no such structure for wild foxes, but players can activate the Wild foxes challenge for their lot to ensure that the foxes appear regularly.


What are wild animals doing in The Sims 4 Cottage Living

A wild rabbit in The Sims 4 Cottage Living

Once wild animals live on the land, Sims can ask them to help out on the farm. The birds will eat any pests that buzz around the plants, eliminating the need to spray for them. They can also sing along to the plants to make them bigger, which is useful for Sims trying to grow oversized crops. Rabbits eat any weeds they come across and fertilize the dirt. Wild foxes don’t really help with farming, but befriending foxes will keep them from harassing chickens in the field.

Wild animals will also provide gifts to Sims in the field. These are random objects, such as books, pet treats, or food items. Usually an animal will have a small thought bubble with a gift box above it to indicate that it has a gift to offer. This can be a great way for Sims to acquire hard-to-find items or even items needed for a Villager’s races. Overall, befriending wild animals is a great benefit for any Sim, whether they have a farm or not.


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The Sims 4 Cottage Life is available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.


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