What happens when a lion and tiger mate?
A liger is the result of breeding a male lion to a tigress.
A tigon is the result of breeding a male tiger to a lioness.
Since lions and tigers do not exist in the same areas, this is not something that happens in the wild.
Why can tigers and lions breed?
Lions are from Africa and tigers are from Asia so there is no reason for their breeding other than human entertainment. Since the males are always sterile (cannot reproduce), this also means that they are not a true species of animals.
Can a lion and a cat mate?
They can only mate with other Panthera members. So, lions, tigers, leopards, and jaguars can all inter-breed (with varying levels of success). And members small cats of the Felidae family potentially can interbreed. But the genetics are too different for a Panthera and a Felidae to produce offspring.
Can a liger and a Tigon mate?
Similar to ligers, you cannot breed a tigon and a tigon; you have to cross breed (said on the fist page) a male tiger with a female lion. Sometimes, tigons are smaller than their parents! Tigons can have offspring that have manes (again if the offspring is male) but it is not as likely as a liger to have a mane.