If you’re wanting to add a new companion animal, may I recommend a Siamese? Of course, not every human can put up with this breed – they ‘talk’ an awful lot, they want things their way always, and they’ll let you know exactly what food, music, lighting, furniture, toys etc. they prefer.
But from my (prejudiced) viewpoint, they’re also extremely intelligent, diligent in their self-assigned duties (mousing, catching bugs, vigilance towards the world outside the window and inside too) and really wonderful companions.
You can see some of the best of the best at Siamese Rescue. It’s a great outfit, with very caring and kind directors and simply super volunteers. Be sure to catch their webcam!