Did you know that cats have their very own language? Experts have even suggested that they’re capable of making over 100 unique sounds in total, and each and every one of those sounds has a meaning and purpose behind it. Cats can make sounds to interact with one another, but also with their humans to try to get your attention or let you know that they’re hungry, tired, or even in pain.

In order to better understand your cat and develop a strong feline friendship with your furry buddy, it can help a lot to understand some of the many cat sounds out there and know what they mean. Read on to learn all about some of the most common (and a few less common) cat sounds so you know exactly what your cat is trying to tell you the next time they meow, purr, or howl.