Cheetahs eat an average of 6 to 8 pounds of food each day. They are carnivores, and their diet consists of both small and large prey, including rabbits, birds, warthogs, wildebeest calves and gazelle.
As the fastest land animal, the cheetah has many characteristics that allow it to hunt successfully. A cheetah's body is built for short bursts of speed, and its feet, tail and bones help it reach its maximum speed of 70 miles per hour. Cheetahs have strong spines that give them the ability to leap and attack prey, and they also have binocular vision, allowing them to rely on their eyesight rather than their sense of smell while hunting.