Bo, thank you for your service! You deserve a kitty or two! In Macon they have a place called Kitty City Cat Rescue that has outstanding reviews by visitors. You can go visit the cats and see if you warm up to the idea a little more (hahaha I am setting you up, of course!) Some of their cats are special needs, and that might not work for you, but you can check it out. When I got my first two this go around, I went to Pet Smart and looked for two rescues in the same cage that liked each other. My kitties were playing hard with each other, and when they were tuckered out, they fell asleep looking at each other with their faces two inches apart. They are really good friends. Then the third came along shortly afterwards and luckily they were very accepting of him. Now the one that might be right for you will be tapping cw with his tail.