Mothers provide all parental care for the cubs, staying with them continuously for the first few days and hunting close by for the first two months.
Cubs nurse until they are 6 months old, but begin eating meat after six to eight weeks when their mother takes them to her kills. Gradually, through play and practice, tiger cubs learn to hunt on their own, but even at 16 months of age they are not yet very efficient hunters.
Fathers do not help raise cubs except to keep other adult males, which may kill newborns, out of the area.