Samsung 42" Plasma LN42C450: Is It Any Good?

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A local store (Fred Meyer, Kroger for the Pacific Northwest (USA))
has this set on sale for $399.

Does anyone know if these are any good? The reviews on Amazon are extremely mixed.

Also a weird ?: I have 2 new kittens. They love to rake there claws across tv’s & PC monitors. Surprisingly, they haven’t damaged my LCD monitors or CRT TV. Anyone know how a Plasma would handle cat claws?