It's only when we're outside that he initiates the petting. He doesn't approach me indoors. Sometimes when I call Misty in, seconds later I can hear him climbing over the fence. As soon as he hears my voice he thinks, "food" lol. Indoors, after eating, he will come to investigate if I hold my hand out to him. But only once he's eaten and feeling relaxed. He came in at lunchtime and ate his food. I thought he'd gone back out until I noticed Misty staring at the back of my chair. When I looked, Sooty was having a chew of his catnip banana .