In Now, Voyager, the Gladys Cooper character (Mrs. Vale) asks the Bette Davis character (Miss Charlotte Vale) what she plans to do. Charlotte's response is "Get a cat and a parrot and live in single blessedness."
There's nothing like a pet. They provide a warmth and love that no man can. And the more men I meet the more I like my cat. ;) Pets are therapeutic, being known for lowering blood pressure and relieving stress. If you're single and petless I recommend a pet. You'll be glad you did. BEHR HUGS!!