Hmm, what about a talking parrot?? hahaha...Now THAT would be a companion...I could just imagine all the trouble the parrot would stir up
Oh, and, Maine Coons are AWESOME cats. My mom and dad had one until recently, Thorns. Poor thing, he died not too long ago and the vet isn't 100% sure why. When he was a kitten, the breeder pointed out he did have a heart murmur but we don't know if that was the cause. Thorns got up to about 30 pounds, I believe and he was such a beautiful, sweet, lovable cat.