At the start of a recent housesit, I met 2 Persian cats who were each grumpy cat times 1,000. Day by day, I exercised my patience and care.
Probably 5 or 6 days in, head scratches were allowed. A day or 2 after that, they were relished. On day 9, the grumpiest of the 2 climbed on my chest in bed in the morning for a bit of a snuggle and a lot of purring.
The grumpy is still there. Absolutely. (Especially when the grooming comb comes out. Boy, do they HATE that!!) But the bottom line remains…
Care & patience & kindness win out in the end. May this be true in all aspects of our lives.