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As I know that we use “fressen“ with wild animals so the sentience should be “ Die Kuh füttern“ Correct me if I'm wrong :-)
Nope. Animals in general "fressen", not only wild animals. Sometimes "essen" is used for pets (rather cats and dogs than cows, etc.). "Füttern" is a different thing, that's "to feed s.o."
I can't help but notice that dog and bear are masculine words but cow here? Yep. Feminine.
Not completely arbitrary. die Huhn, der Hahn. die Kuh, der Stier. Even english speakers have a tendency to refer to a cat of unknown gender as "her" and a dog as "him".