Hi all.. my baby Morna (about 5 months old now) has been singlehandedly taking our house apart! She chewed the corner off of our TV armoire, chewed the end pleated flap from one of our sofas, chewed up some of my grandson's toys including a library book, and I don't know what all else.
I know she must be teething; I can see her back teeth coming in, and we have provided her with multiple chewy toys that are hard rubber and a bone we bought at PetSmart that we fill with peanut butter and after the peanut butter is gone, she chews the bone.
We have had a lot of disruption here; my daughter who has rheumatoid arthritis fell and broke her upper leg and had to have surgery for that, and then was sent from the hospital to a rehab facility about 1.5 hrs from here. We were going to visit her in the hospital every day, and now with her so far away we are going 2x a week. When we know we are going to be gone for a long time like that we put Morna in her crate and everything is okay when we get back. We even found a dog-sitting service and left Morna there one time that we went away b/c we felt badly about keeping her penned up. This is costly on a twice a week basis, and with both my husband and I retired, it gets expensive for us. We took my daughter's dog and Morna with us at the beginning of this week so my daughter could see them (they are allowed in the out door garden part).
The problem is when we are home, and give her the freedom to roam the house, if we are not following her around we find all of this distruction. My husband wakes up really early and takes her out, then comes back in and plays games on-line. I suspect that much of the damage gets done when out attention is on other things, like the games. When I got up this morning, I found the remains of 2 of my GS's toys and a partial book. She had chewed the cover off of the book (paper) and chewed a lot of the pages.
I am stressed by my daughter's illness and this is something else that she probably senses, but I don't know what to do except keep her penned except to take her out for potty. I really hate to do that because I don't want to break her spirit. If anyone has suggestions for me I would greatly appreciate it! It feel at my wits end... I love this little girl...she is so bright and so funny and has so many loveable traits! I just don't know how to approach this problem. Any help would be appreciated.