Yeah, the price shocked me too!
I have tried playing w/her feet while petting her.. but she was stray, so I didn't get to do this when she was a kitten... who knows what happend to her then.
The groomer said she held her by the neck (which we tried) and played w/her ears and that helped her relax.... maybe it was a new person, b/c nothing we do relaxes her during nail clipping time. We may try again eventually, but for now I think it'll be worth it to pay the groomer $5 and let her get Sheba used to it!!!