I have taken to calling Roman my little beaver lately. He won’t stop chewing on furniture. His favorite happens to be wood. It’s difficult to find a wood surface in this house without teeth marks in it. It may be a stim or just an oral fixation. Whatever it is, it’s plenty annoying. He has a chewy to use and we try to redirect him to the chewy, but it only works for so long.
I don’t know what the draw of wood is. Is he lacking fiber? Does wood even have fiber? No, I realize it’s just something somewhat soft, yet hard enough to make a good chew toy. The question is, what can I do about it. Can he get slivers in his mouth from chewing on all the wood in our house? Or is it harmless yet destructive?
I can do my best to redirect, but it’s not always feasible. He chews on Tycen’s bedpost in the middle of the night. As soon as I leave him in the living room, he’s attached like a lamprey to the TV stand. I can’t possibly spend every single moment glued to him as his own personal wood guardian.
He’s not picky about wood either. Although he does prefer the wood, he’s also chewing on the upholstery. There’s a spot on the couch that’s nearly gnawed through. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will never have anything nice. That’s okay with me, at least for now. But I think this behavior is dangerous.
I’ve been told to try the nail biter’s polish on the wood. That would make it taste bad when he chews it. I guess I could, but I’d be painting every wooden surface in my house with the stuff. I don’t know what else to do, so I’m turning to you, my loyal readers. I need help!
edited to add: What about these?