Understand that I was not recommending declawing for Miss BadButt, just stating what the deal was in my house. Interestingly enough, my eldest kitty gurl was declawed when she was very small, and never missed a beat...surprisingly enough. When I brought her home, she was jumping off furniture, running, and acting her normal self immediately...which really surprised me...but she also seemed to have extremely long toes and uses them to do things like pick up her kibble, and grab for things and try to wrestle them from me. I do admit that I have become more sensitive to declawing, though. At least the vets to give medication for pain control these days, after surgeries. All of my other kitties have had more trouble with the process.
I also can't see vinegar being of any benefit in the water pistol. They usually hate water enough to not want anything to do with it, in the first place. I can't imagine who told that person about vinegar, and what the added benefit is supposed to be which, I am sure, is none; I think that is just mean. And I wouldn't spray/shoot the kitty in the face. As long as you get kitty on her body unexpectedly, she'll probably take off quickly! I just make sure I keep mine (I have 3 in different parts of the house) loaded and ready to go, should I need it. My stalker kitty has taken all of the fun out of using the water pistols for me since she seldom acts crazy enough for me to have to use them any more. But e-v-e-r-y once in a while........POW!!! I use them, moreso, on my son when he harasses the gurls...works on him, too!