During the winter, cheetahs burn a lot of calories to keep themselves warm. Now that they no longer need to do this, many cats put on weight. For our adults, we know each individual’s target weight and will adjust their diet to ensure they maintain it. Our males weigh between 88 and 105 pounds (40 and 48 kilograms) and our females range from 75 to 97 pounds (34 to 44 kilograms). Rosalie is average, weighing just under 86 pounds (39 kilograms).
But with the cubs it’s different. We want them to gain weight during the summer because they’re still growing. We weigh the cubs every week. As long as everyone gains weight each week, which they have been, we know they are all doing well! If a cub doesn’t gain, we increase the amount of food we’re giving them.
At the cubs’ latest weigh-in, male Kushoma was the largest weighing 40 pounds (almost 18 kilograms)! His siblings all weigh around the same: between 31.2 and 34.7 pounds (14.1 and 15.7 kilograms). Compared to past litters with multiple cubs, all five of Rosalie’s cubs are in line for their age.