Had a minor breakthrough with Vinnie the other morning. He was curled up on the couch and I had SportsCenter on. I sat down near him, which is usually the point where he starts getting uneasy. I put my hand on him, not to pet him or anything, just to see how he’d react.
Normally this would be cause for squirming and weird grunting noises from Vinnie, but this time I got a bit of purring and his eyes closed and he noticeably relaxed under my hand.
It’s not much, but it’s a start.