What's my cat want?
When the cat was a kitten, and it was colder out, she slept with one or both of us at night. When it was time for her to get up in the morning, she started out with a couple licks on the face, followed by plucking at my feet, and initially this escalated all the way up to biting and head butts if I tried to completely ignore it.
We were able to discourage the biting and head butts, but she still wakes me up by: 1) staring at me intently, 2) licking my face and 3) plucking at my feet. At this point, I am starting to wake up as soon as she starts staring and once she plucks at my feet I get up.
The problem is that the time has gotten earlier, so I am now getting up between 4:30 and 5:00.
However, once I am up, all she really wants me to do is walk her downstairs and into the kitchen. I don't really understand why, because some nights she sleeps down there most of the night anyway. But she will wait until I walk more than halfway down the steps, trill very loudly and run to the landing, then she waits for me to go the rest of the way down and goes into the kitchen.
I don't feed her, she always has a bit of dry food and water available. Some days she doesn't even expect me to walk her downstairs, I just have to get up, walk out of the bedroom--she will follow me and then flop down on the stairs or the landing and I am allowed to go back to bed.
What I can't figure out is why she needs the escort downstairs, since all I am doing is walking her down and going back to bed? Especially now that she doesn't necessarily sleep with us, and comes from various other parts of the house to engage in this ritual?
Anybody have any ideas what this behavior is about?
Also. I am not alpha in this household (sometimes I think I am gamma, third to the cat), but I am the one tapped for this duty.