Of all the carnivore hunters (order Carnivora), the cats (Family Felidae) are the most specialized for meat-eating. Their claws are kept sharp by being retracted into sheaths. When they attack, they hook their victim with them and then deliver a piercing bite to the neck that severs the spinal cord. The long dagger-like tooth on either side of the mouth, just behind the front teeth, typical of a meat-eater, is used to slash open its prey. The jagged teeth further back in the jaw shear bones. They are all the tools of butchery. None of the dogs or cats can really chew. Most simply bolt their food down in chunks. Flesh is far easier to digest than leaves and twigs and the hunters stomach is not so elaborate.