RimWorld – How to Feed Animals (Pets & Pen)

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There are many types of animals in RimWorld that you can own and grow that, unfortunately, need to be fed to survive.

However, herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores need to eat different food, which can only be given to them in distinct ways.

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If you have a pet, or many animals in a pen, you will have to feed them using specific RimWorld mechanics.

So, here is exactly how you can feed animals (pets or livestock) in RimWorld with the help of kibble and pens.

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How to Feed Pets in RimWorld

Pets are really easy to feed and maintain, as opposed to pen animals, since they take care of themselves.

If they don’t have an established area of mobility, they will look for food on their own all over the map and have fun.

The best way to feed them would be to give them access to food supplies. But, instead of giving them the normal food for your survivors, you can feed them dedicated animal food since your survivors will probably be upset with the lack of food if your pets eat it.

You can create a special food for animals, kibble, which can be created with the use of unwanted materials that humans wouldn’t eat. It also doesn’t expire, making it the best food for house animals.

To create a special pet zone, to make sure they have access to the food and also don’t wander too far from the settlement, simply complete the following steps:

  1. Select “Zone” by first selecting the “Architect” menu.
  2. Select “Expand allowed area”.
  3. At this stage, select “Manage areas” from the dropdown menu.
  4. Select “New area” and name it.
  5. Select “Animals” and click on the newly created area.

Now, your pets will stay in that selected area and will eat from the food supplies they can find in that space. They will also be kept safe from raiders and wild animals.

How to Feed RimWorld Animals in Pen

By using a pen, you can easily feed all of your livestock animals in RimWorld. Look for a fertile space where you can grow various plants for the animals and enclose that space with a pen.

Usually, just the grass would be enough if you don’t have many animals in that pen. However, there are special plants you can grow in that space that can feed more animals than the grass.

The best plant to grow in the enclosed space of the animal pen is the dandelion. By growing dandelions in the pen, you can feed more animals than you would with, for example, haygrass, and it also grows faster than any of the other plants.

Once the dandelions have grown, you don’t have to worry about the animals eating at all. As long as there are plants on the ground of the pen, the animals will feed themselves without your help.

Also, make sure the space of the pen is large enough for the animals you want to hold there. You can see the number of animals you can hold in the pen by opening the dropdown menu.

That’s everything you need to know about how to feed animals in RimWorld!

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Adrian Oprea

Based in London, United Kingdom, Adrian Oprea is a Guides Writer. As a professional single-player RPG player, Adrian has often been stigmatized. He has decided to pour his frustration into writing guides!

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