On the Hunt
As discussed earlier, the sabre-tooth
cat did not chase down its prey. It is likely that while hunting, it
stalked its prey, waiting until it came close enough where an attack could
be lodged. The sabre-tooth then used its elongated sabres to deliver a
fatal slash to the throat or belly of the animal. It is likely that the cat
would go for one quick fatal blow, and then wait for the devastating wound
to cause the animal to bleed to death. The weight of the cat was probably
best utilized in toppling the animal over on the attack, enabling the fatal
piercing to occur (Mestel 1993).
Figure.13 Sabre-toothed cat grabbing some dinner.