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Can you eat farm animals in Sims 4 Cottage Living?


The Sims 4 Cottage Living expansion pack introduced many new animals to the game. For example, you can raise cows and use the milk to make cheese. You can use llama wool for knitting and cross-stitching. Hens will give you eggs that you can then use to cook delicious recipes. You can befriend wild rabbits and foxes. As you can see, there are plenty of options available.

But there’s one thing you can’t directly do in the game, and that is slaughter farm animals yourself for meat. Let’s explore why the game mechanics are built in this manner.

Why can’t I eat animals in Sims 4 Cottage Living?

You can’t directly slaughter the animals you raise on your farm and get meat from them. You can’t hunt wild animals for meat either. EA adopted this approach to avoid any kind of controversy and backlash within the Sims 4 community.

As a quick reminder, EA got a little backlash for the faux meat wall that came with Eco Lifestyle. Many players complained the faux meat wall looks really gross.

You can trade animals for meat

While you can’t slaughter farm animals yourself, you can trade them for meat. For example, you can trade your cows and chickens for meat. This option makes the game more realistic, and allows your Sims to be more self sufficient without forcing them to resort to cruel actions. And, in all fairness, trading for meat, is the safest option to avoid controversies, and keep everybody happy.

There are two kinds of meat that you can get. One is white meat (which you get from trading chickens) and the other one is red meat (which you can get from trading cows).

If you trade one chicken for meat, you’ll get 7 pieces of wrapped white meat.

If you play with aging on, you can trade your cows for meat right before they’re due to die. In this manner, you can make excellent use of your resources.

By the way, just for your information, you can’t trade llamas for meat.

There’s also the option to trade your animals for Simoleons if you don’t want them to suffer a cruel fate. You can make some extra money in this way.

Sims 4 Cottage Living meat substitute

If your Sims are vegetarians, you don’t need to trade your cows or chickens for meat. You can focus on growing crops instead.

You can use aubergines, any mushroom, faux meat cubes, and soy beans to make a meat substitute in Sims 4 Cottage Living. Gather these ingredients, and then use the canning option to turn them into tasty meat substitutes.

Alternatively, if you have Eco-Lifestyle installed, you can also build a meat wall. Rest assured, that meat-wall is actually plant-based.

Everybody’s happy

Many gamers are glad EA didn’t go a more realistic route as far as getting meat from farm animals is concerned. The meat trading option is, of course, optional and doesn’t sound that cruel although most of you know what that means, and what’s going on behind the scenes.

But if your Sims are carnivores, you can use this option to have meat. In this manner, meat lovers can still have their meat in the game.


To conclude, you can’t slaughter farm animals yourself and get meat from them in Sims 4 Cottage Living. But you can trade cows and chickens for meat. If your Sim’s a vegetarian, you can use the canning option to prepare meat substitutes. If you have Eco-Lifestyle installed, you can also build a faux meat wall.

How do you get your meat in Sims 4 Cottage Living? Let me know in the comments below.

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