How to Befriend Wild Animals in The Sims 4 Cottage Living (& What They Do)

With the Cottage Living expansion pack for The Sims 4, players can now live on a farm, raise livestock, and even befriend wild animals. Foxes, birds, and rabbits are available for Sims to socialize with, including an interaction for giving and receiving gifts. With a high enough relationship bar, Sims can even ask wild animals to help with their crops. While cultivating a positive relationship with these animals isn't particularly complicated, it can take some time.

As with pets, Sims have relationships bars for any animals on their lot. The Cottage Living expansion pack brought chickens, roosters, cows, and llamas to The Sims 4 as farm animals. All it takes is for a Sim to buy the farm animal and a structure for it to live in. Since they live on the lot, it is much easier to build up a relationship with them. Since wild animals don't originally live on residential lots, it may take a little longer to earn their trust.

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To get started, a Sim needs to find a wild animal to befriend. Birds, rabbits, and foxes are all found in the world dig spots and stray cats and dogs that can spawn in a neighborhood. Some exploring may be required, but there are plenty of these creatures to be found in Henford-on-Bagley. Once befriended, wild animals can give random gifts and act as a helpful asset to a Sim's farm or garden.

The wild animals in The Sims 4: Cottage Living can be timid at first, so Sims need to earn their trust. Once players have located a wild rabbit, fox, or flock of birds, their Sim can simply use the Watch interaction to slowly improve the friendship from afar. After a solid positive relationship has been established, Sims can try social interactions. The various animal treats in Cottage Living can be great relationship boosters.

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

After earning a high enough relationship with wild animals, Sims can eventually buy structures for some of them to live in. Wild rabbits have a small stump, and flocks of birds have a thinner, hollowed-out tree. There is no such structure for wild foxes, but players can enable the Wild Foxes challenge for their lot to guarantee that foxes regularly appear.

Once there are wild animals living on the lot, Sims can ask them to help with the farm. Birds will eat any harmful bugs buzzing around plants, eliminating the need to spray for them. They can also sing at plants to make them larger, which is helpful for Sims trying to grow oversized crops. Rabbits will eat any weeds they come across and fertilize the dirt. Wild foxes don't exactly aid with farming, but befriending foxes will prevent them from harassing any chickens on the lot.

Wild animals will also bestow gifts to the Sims on the lot. These are random items, such as books, animal treats, or food items. Usually, an animal will have a small thought bubble with a gift box above them to indicate they have a gift to give. This can be a great way for Sims to acquire items that are hard to find or even items needed for a villager's errands. 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 Living is available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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