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Thanks, eHow! Now You, Too, Can Treat Your Cat Like a Human in 4 Easy Steps

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The Cutest Cat--err, little dude--in the World (Lindsay William-Ross/LAist)
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You're part of one of the nearly 40% of U.S. households with a cat, and, let's face it, your cat is the cutest cat in the world. No, really. But is your cat just like a person--only smaller, furry, unable to speak your language, and lacks opposable thumbs? No? That's okay. The helpful website eHow can teach you "How to Anthropomorphize Your Cat" in just four easy steps.They aren't kidding when they say easy, by the way. If you are already one of Los Angeles' many cat lovers, you probably have this skill set down pat. Step one is to "talk about your cat when others talk about their kids." Step two is to bust out pictures, ideally in person. While eHow suggests keeping them in your wallet, I'd suggest storing several pictures--and videos--on your cellphone. My friends love it when I show them my cat photos.

Ready to move on? Step three is a lot of fun: "Talk to your cat as if you expect her to answer." And step four is what can also bring all-human families together: eat together!

Other suggestions for making your kitty "one of us" (maybe making these more advanced directives) might include getting your cat a Facebook page, Twitter account, or blog. It's a little harder to take cats out to show them off, but if you can find a way to make your purring buddy your +1, well, you're on your way. It's hard to train cats to do human-like things, but if you happen to discover your cat does something, like, say, steal things from his NorCal neighbors in the middle of the night, you might want to make the most of this unique behavior. And you can kick things off right by giving your cat a person's name instead of something cutesy or ironic.

If you don't have a cat yet, but feel like you're ready to take this on, we can help you add a feline friend to your home. Every Saturday we profile a local cat (and dog, but, like, whatever*) that's up for adoption in L.A. in our Pets of the Week series, and we've also profiled a few great pet rescue organizations.

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*Kidding, kidding! We love dogs, too!