🦙 Chordata (e.g. cat) body form
Chordata species are both bilaterally symmetrical and segmented, and the gut similarly includes both a mouth and an anus, with specialised digestion regions.
Saliva and mastication (chewing) prepare ingested food into a bolus which passes down the esophagus upon swallowing, into the stomach. The presence of enzymes, churning and acidic pH contributes to the further breaking down of food. Different food molecules require different processes for digestion.