Cats of the Year: Our favourite felines who made headlines in 2014

From hero cats who saved children to Grumpy cat, the new Grumpy Cat, and even as 'ASBO cat', it's been a strong year for our favourite feline friends....

Filled with hair-raising highs and cat-astrophic lows, 2014 has been an eventful year for felines.

Tara the brave California kitty captured hearts across the globe in May when she shook off any regard for her own safety and shielded a little boy from a vicious dog attack.

Meanwhile, Grumpy Cat celebrated new levels of stardom, fending off contenders to her ill-tempered throne. Of course, there was no shortage of funny moggies who made us remember exactly why we love our furry friends.

Here are the heros, villains and jokers that were 2014's most su-'purr' cats...

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