Tonka is a shelter cat - a 4 year old neutered black and white medium hair male cat.
He was given up to my local shelter after the owner discovered Tonka didn't get along with the owner's other cats. (I didn't observe this behavior at the shelter, and neither did any of the volunteers or vet techs -- what I did discover is it seems Tonka is often "bullied" by other cats, as I saw another cat take a swipe at him while at the shelter! But perhaps he, unknown to me, provokes such attacks! Either way, it's fine, I do not have any other pets at all.)
As a first time cat owner (and lifetime cat lover), I was advised to let a cat "choose you" when visiting the shelter. I knew Tonka wanted to come home with me when he was following me all around the shelter, rubbing against me, even climbing in my lap and rubbing his face under my neck!
Tonka has a Grade IV heart murmur. I don't know much about special needs cats, but Tonka was marked as one and because of it was free at the shelter (I did make a donation anyway). I can't believe this handsome and cuddly gent was at the shelter for so long (I know he was there for at least a month; he's updated on all his shots) -- but they said many people who adopt, don't want to adopt adult cats, nevermind adult cats with "problems". Tonka doesn't take medication nor does he require any special regimine, but the vet tech advised me that his heart murmur is pretty bad and that it could mean a short life for Tonka. At least now he'll have a quality life, though!