We are a four-cat, one-Human household. When Meowmy comes home from being out for a long time, we\'re always there to greet her (and our motivation isn\'t only the expectation of food--we think it\'s kind of our job to welcome her back).
Generally, we follow the same pattern. I, Spot, am at the door, looking as if I want to bolt, but I really just want to be the first to greet Meowmy. Chibi is right next to the door, too, on top of the cat carriers that are stacked in the entranceway. Harvey is around two feet away, on top of a low shelf in the hall. And Leila is peeking out from the kitchen.
We can recognize Meowmy\'s steps as she approaches the door (heck, we can hear her bicycle as she approaches our apartment building), so that\'s why we\'re always on hand to greet her. Sometimes, though, if she\'s just been gone a short time, or comes home in mid-afternoon (kitty REM time!), she catches us unawares and there\'s no one there to welcome her back.
Of course, she greets us all by name and pets us on the head. She makes sure to greet me first, because I was an Only Cat before those Maine Coon interlopers invaded my life and territory, and she wants me to know that I\'m still Number One Cat. Then she greets Chibi, Harvey, and Leila.
When Meowmy leaves for work, she makes a point of saying good-bye to each of us in turn, but usually we\'re too busy with other stuff, like sleeping in (me!), or hanging out at the cat tower (Leila and Harvey) to pay much attention. Chibi, though, has taken it upon herself to be Meowmy\'s official sender-offer, and precedes Meowmy as she goes down the long hall that leads to the door, her Maine Coon tail erect and fluffy. Then she jumps up on the shelf near the door and lets Meowmy pet her head and say good-bye. This always makes Meowmy want to stay home and play with us kitties...
How about at YOUR place, Catsters? :^: