Tigers are the largest of all big cats and one of the most powerful predators in the world. But even a tiger needs to eat, and just like every other animal on earth, they have their favorite foods. What do tigers eat? Let’s find out!
Tigers eat medium to large animals such as deer, wild pigs, and buffalo.
They will also eat smaller prey such as rabbits, monkeys, and birds, especially when their preferred animal foods are scarce.
Tigers will even eat plants on occasion, though only to get fiber as they aren’t able to digest plant materials.
Read also our article on what do tigers drink.
Are tigers carnivores?
Tigers have a reputation for being carnivores, but in truth they eat both meat and occassionally also plants.
A tiger can only efficiently digest meat, so they are known as obligate carnivores. This means that meat is biologically necessary for tigers to live.
While the vast majority of a tiger’s diet is composed of meat, it is important to remember that these animals are not pure carnivores. Instead, they occassionally eat berries and grass in order to take on some fiber.
What do tigers mainly eat?
Tigers mainly eat mid to large mammals such as moose, deer, boar and pigs, buffalo and cattle, and also domestic livestock such as horses and goats. Where they are unable to find larger animals they will also eat smaller animals such as rabbits, monkeys, and even birds and lizards.
Tigers will even eat elephant calves and baby elephants if they are short of their preferred prey.
What do tigers like to eat?
Tigers prefer to eat larger animals weighing between 60 and 250 kilos. The exact species depends on location. Their preferred prey are buffalo, wild cattle, deer such as sambar deer, antelopes and wild boars.
In fact, tigers’ favorite food has been found to be wild boar or wild pig, so they will eat this most where it is available.
What do tigers eat in the rainforest?
In the rainforext a tiger’s diet includes wild oxen, wild boar, monxeys and other herbivorous animals including birds.
What do tigers eat in grasslands?
In grasslands, tigers tend to eat buffalo and deer.
How much do tigers eat?
In the wild, tigers can eat as much as 88lbs of at one time. This is the equivalent of a whole small deer. An adult male tiger requires around 4,000kg of meat per year, and an average female requires around 3,000kg of meat per year if she is without cubs. If a female tiger has cubs then she will eat around 4,500kg of food per year.
How often do tigers eat?
Tigers eat around 50 deer or equivalently sized animals per year, making just under one per week. However, tigers normally eat more than once per week, but eat a smaller quantity. Where prey is plentiful, tigers usually hunt and eat around every other day.
What do tigers eat in zoos?
In zoos, tigers are fed a carnivore diet including whole carcasses, bones and ground meat. In captivity, tigers’ eating habits are different as they do not need as much meat as in the wild because they are more sedentary and do not need as many calories. In zoos, tigers are fed around 9-18 pounds of meat every day.
What do pet tigers eat?
In captivity, tigers are normally fed a mixture of buffalo, rabbit, chicken and beef.
What do baby tigers eat?
Baby tigers, called cubs, are fed milk from he mother for the first six to eight weeks. At round two months’ old he mother tiger inroduces the cubs to meat that she has hunted. After six months tiger cubs are generally weaned from their mothers and begin hunting themselves between around eight and ten months old.
Do tigers eat humans?
Tigers don’t normally hunt and eat humans, however, large tiger populations in areas with extensive human activity can lead to tiger attacks on humans. For example, in Nepal there has been an increase in tiger population meaning that local people are competing with tigers for resources, and people and tigers come into increased contact. Tigers may attack in these circumstances and will even eat any humans they do kill.
Do tigers eat plants?
Tigers can’t digest plants efficiently, so they don’t take any nutrients from them. However, tigers do sometimes chew grass, bamboo, berries and other plants for dietary fiber.
Do tigers eat fish?
Tigers don’t normally eat fish, though they will resort to doing so if their normal prey is in short supply.
Tiger species and what they eat:
What do South China tigers eat?
The South China tiger is native to southern China and eats mainly hooved animals such asdeer. It also eats wild bar, muntjac and gray langur. Where it can’t get this type of food, the South China tiger will eat smaller animals such as hares, peafowl and porcupines.
What do Bengal tigers eat?
Bengal tigers prefers to eat large animals such as chital (deer), sambar (deer), gaur (a type of bison), and water buffalo. They aslo eat wild boar and smaller mammals.
What do Siberian tigers eat?
The Siberian or Amur tiger likes to eat wapiti, deer, moose, wild boar and sometimes even small bears. Siberian tigers also eat fish such as salmon.
What do Sumatran tigers eat?
Sumatran tigers eat great argus (a type of pheasant), macaque, porcupines, tapirs, pigs, muntjac and deer.
What do Indochinese tigers eat?
Indochinese tigers like to eat deer, cows, gaur (bison), and wild boar as well as some smaller animals such as porcupine, muntjac and pangolin.
What do Malayan tigers eat?
Malayan tigers tend to eat deer, wild boar, bearded pigs and also sun bears, young elephants and rhinoceros calves.
How do tigers catch their food?
Generally speaking, tigers hunt for food alone rather than in packs. A tiger will chase is prey and then bite its neck. Have a look at the video of a tiger hunting below:
Can a tiger eat a lion?
A tiger would most likely win a fight with a lion if put to the test, but tigers and lions can generally co-exist and will no eat each other. Tigers like the taste of herbivore animals rather than other carnivore animals.
Do tigers eat other tigers?
Tigers do not normally eat other adult tigers, but there are cases where male tigers will kill the cubs of another male in order to breed with the female (mother) tiger.
Do tigers eat wild cats?
Tigers generally prey on animals which eat a plant based diet, and not on animals which eat other animals. For that reason, tigers do not like to eat wild casts.
What animals eat tigers?
There aren’t many animals that eat adult tigers, though some opportunist animals such as hyenas and crocodiles can eat young tiger cubs. This means that there aren’t many natural predators of tigers and therefore a tiger can be considered to be an apex predator. The main threat to tigers comes from humans, who kill them for their coats and for supposed medicinal uses, as well as simply for sport.
Conclusion: What do tigers eat?
Tigers are typically carnivorous animals, and will hunt and eat a variety of different animals including buffalo, rabbit, chicken, beef, and fish. Tigers will also eat plants for dietary fiber. Baby tigers drink milk from their mothers for the first six to eight weeks, and are then introduced to meat that the mother has hunted. Adult tigers generally hunt alone, and will chase and bite the neck of their prey. There are not many animals that eat adult tigers, but some opportunist animals such as hyenas and crocodiles can eat young tiger cubs. The main threat to tigers comes from humans, who kill them for their coats and for supposed medicinal uses, as well as simply for sport.