Catatom – Your Cat’s Nanny
Many places provide kennels for you to check-in your pets when you go on vacation. If you are nervous to leave your kitty at one of them while you’re away, Catatom is a tried and trusted company for you to consider. It focuses on the psychological needs of your cats, and educating people that leaving your cat in a kennel can be traumatic. They provide cat sitters who come to your home for one hour per day to feed and play with them, and a consultation session is conducted before your departure so they are familiar with your home and your little fur ball. While you are away they will send you a multitude of videos and photos of your precious little one and they even send you a video of them locking up your door on their way out each day. Prices range from RMB110-130 per day depending on the time of year.
Bark Shanghai – Your Pet’s Groomer
This service provides in-home pet grooming as well as home pick-up and delivery. For those living in Jinqiao, Bark Shanghai will provide at home services including cutting and drying hair, ear cleaning and nail cutting. For those in Puxi, they provide pet pick-up in the morning, perform their services at their Puxi location and will return your pet by noon the same day, looking all stylish and clean. Their services cost around RMB250-350, depending on the size of your dog. They also offer nail clipping for cats and will bathe them on the rare occasion, but always tell customers that it’s not necessary for cats. Boarding services are also available when you jet out of Shanghai.
WeChat ID: BarkShanghai
Shopping and Delivery
Baopals – Easy Ordering
You will quickly discover that shopping on Taobao is the way of life here in China but it can be challenging for a newcomer with no Mandarin skills. Luckily, a new website named Baopals was launched in recent months to help the struggling English-speaking shopper. This service allows you to take advantage of all the deals on Taobao, but it’s all translated into English. You can order anything from air purifiers and kitchen supplies to daily essentials like shaving cream and have them delivered to your doorstep the next day. Trust us, you’ll become addicted in no time.
Yu Massage – Relax at Home
If you are in the need of a relaxing massage but can’t muster up the effort to get out the door, you can always have the masseuse come to you. Not only does Yu Massage offer affordable and relaxing massages in their spa, but they also travel to homes. A one-and-a-half hour full body massage will cost you RMB375 plus taxi fee. The masseuse will bring all the oils they need and all you have to do is supply your bed and give them advance notice a couple of hours ahead of your desired treatment time. This is one to keep in mind after your next stressful day at work.
Call to book (5403 9931)
Karen’s Studio – Rid Yourself of Hair
It can be a pain to find a place you can trust for waxing that won’t rip your skin off. Karen Fan has been providing beauty and waxing services for over 11 years, and for the past six years, she’s been developing her own company, Karen’s Studio. Creating a more personal experience, Karen comes to your home and provides a wide range of waxing services and offers different waxes to fit a range of skin types as well as moisturizers and oils to calm your skin afterwards. If you are looking for laser hair removal, she does that too, but you’ll have to make the trek to her home for it.
WeChat ID: Karenfan1987
Homecare & Cooking
CC Shanghai – Ayi Services
One of the most fabulous things about Shanghai is having an ayi—aka an all-in-one nanny, cook and cleaner. They are affordable and come to your home as often as you want, or they even can live in with you and your family. Usually it’s easiest to find one through word of mouth, but if you are in dire need—contact CC Shanghai. Started in 2007, this company has been matching expats with ayis ranging anywhere from RMB30-45 per hour for part-time and between RMB4500-9000 per month for full-time. CC Shanghai can also provide drivers and car leasing services.