Every can has its own personality, some may be bold while other can be a bit shy. However there are elements which make a cat shy, they are not born this way. This happens very often when the cat has not been held or exposed to people when it was very young. Another reason could be if they were frightened by someone thus leading to a refusal of socialization with humans or other animals. There are some things that you could do in order to make your cat more confident.
If you buy a newborn kitten the first thing that you should do when you bring it home is put it in a quiet room, you could choose the bathroom or the bedroom. A strange home can be very intimidating for any cat which is why you should introduce it step by step into your house.
You should buy soft toys that they can chew, they will love them. Grab them by the scruff of the neck and place them on your lap, they will feel very comfortable because you will be simulating the behavior of a mother cat.
Give your kitten a treat while it sits in your lap and stroke its back. If you cat gets scared and leaves your lap them gently take the kitten and place it back in your lap but do not force it to eat the treat jut continue stroking it gently. They have to learn this gentle touch in order to loosen up a bit.
Introduce your kitten to different sounds such as music. Most cats can become scared when they first hear the sound of music because for them that means danger. To make sure that they do not get scared while playing the music pet your cat just so it can understand that everything is ok.
To reduce the shyness of the cat you should play with it as much as possible. Toys destined for cats are excellent when you have shy cats, you can give them to stranger to play with you kitten thus getting it out of its shell. While they play they have a chance to be around people and loosen up around strangers.
To sum up, if you have a shy cat you should really try this methods because they do work. All you need to remember that it should be fun for you and your shy kitten because at the end of the day you are doing this out of love for your pet.