Leopards, pumas, jaguars, lions and tigers are all bigger than cheetahs, with tigersbeing the biggest cats overall. At around 2.5 to 3 feet tall, cheetahs have visibly smaller heads and bodies than the other big cats.Theytypically weigh around 119 pounds, whereas tigers may weigh up to 931 pounds and lions up to 598 pounds.
Owing to its relatively diminutive size, along with a number of other evolutionary adaptations, the cheetah isthe fastest of all thebig cats, as well asthe fastest land mammal overall. It has a top speed of 70 mph.
Aided by their superior speed and fluid motion, which they use their tails to direct, cheetahs feedon gazelles, impalas and young wildebeest, among other wild herd animals.
Due to their small size, however, they are ill-equipped for self-defense against the other big cats. As a result it is common for cheetahs to go hungry even after making a kill, having been chased off by lions and other local carnivores.
The closest big cat in size to the cheetah is the leopard, which weighs 143 pounds. Like the cheetah, leopards inhabit parts of Africa and Asia. Snow leopards, which live in more localized parts of Asia,are also comparable in weightto the cheetah, at 165 pounds.