A cat's teeth are specialised for different tasks. There are the incisors which are the small teeth at the front of the mouth, used for holding and nibbling (you will see a cat nibbling his fur when grooming).
|Cat's canine teeth. See note at base of page|
It is said that the cat's canine teeth fit between the neck vertebrae of prey like a "key in a lock" (Paul Leyhausen).
It has also been suggested that the canine teeth of the cat can feel like the fingers of a hand due to the conglomeration of nerves at the base of the teeth. This allows cats to feel for the gap between the prey's vertebrae before biting and severing the spinal column thereby killing the prey.
The canine teeth of the cat forces the vertebrae in the neck of prey apart a bit like a wedge being hammered into a gap. This breaks the spinal-cord.
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