Atilla is obsessed with chewing the back of the chair. Knowing how single-minded she is I decided to work with her rather than against her.
- To protect the chair I draped a tea-towel over the back so she is chewing on that rather than the chair cover.
- I hooked an empty seed pot over the chair frame so she had somewhere else to grip onto.
- I moved the plant pot stand nearer the chair so it was easier for her to get there/leave there.
- Finally, I assembled a recently purchased ladder system & hung it from the back chair frame to make her experience more comfortable.
In other words, I have turned the IKEA Poang chair into a play gym. I should also add to the above list the fact that I moved my futon back into the room so I have something soft to sit on whilst she is busy chewing.
Once in position, she rarely leaves. She may go for a little mooch about but not for long. She will rest in-between chewing sessions on the ladder. She has no need to go back to the Manor for food as Cagney sits on the ladder with her & regurgitates his seed. In general, she goes back to the Manor for bedtime just after 9pm. Bezukhov is usually a bit agitated by this time as he wants to settle down for bedtime but cannot do so until the leader is back home.