I guess there are women or men so motherly that any old animal will fall into their lap and let them pare their toenails. My old black cat Shadow took it very well.
I am not one.
For three years I have worked with Lucy, making much of her toes and showing her my own manicure. She's always watched, but never cared much for such attention to her toes.
This weekend when I cut and filed my nails she was ready for it herself. I could pick up individual toes and use a rough emery on each of them.
This could save both of us a lot of anxiety.