Re: Don't you just love being woken up by a cat throwing up?
Haha... my boyfriend and I can sleep through almost any noises outside the house, but ANY cat-related noises have us wide awake, even though they are almost always false alarms. Any digging sounds ("Oh no, Quinn is urine-marking!"), any out-of-the-ordinary litter box noises (either "He's peeing over the side!" or "He's blocked!"), and of course, the retching sound. Fortunately the hallway right outside our bedroom is tile, so if we hear retching we just chase him out that way.
He has never actually thrown up on the bed with us in it, but it's not for lack of trying. I swear, some cats are like small children -- when they feel icky, they come straight to the bed and ... "Mom, Dad... I don't feel good..." Not that I'm unsympathetic, but when he tries to hurl in bed, he gets hurled straight off of it!