We've gotten into a nightly routine with the cat where we go to bed at a reasonable hour, then he wakes us up at 3:30am. We shut him in the laundry and continue with our sleep. It's not working for me. We want to break him of this behaviour, but trusting him every night just leads to exactly the same result. He may be getting used to it, too, and although he expects to be shut away, he bothers us regardless.
We've considered locking him up from the beginning of the night, which is what we used to do when he was very little, but we feel bad about it now. The only other thing I've been able to think of is something called Sticky Paws, which basically makes it unpleasant for him to scratch on our door to wake us up. My concern with that scenario is that he might choose to start calling out instead of scratching.
Mokalus of Borg
PS - The scratching we can handle.
PPS - Few, if any, options present themselves for cats that cry.