Re: how do you know when a cat is sick?
Well, I can tell you one problem, Yes, Dr. Bronners says its safe for pets because its organic and natural, no chemicals...BUT they contain essential oils which are very powerful and can have different effects on the body. Dr. Bronners peppermint contains peppermint essential oils, which can burn! That soap might give us a cooling sensation on our body in the shower, but to a cat, a little pepperint in the ears, nose, mouth or ahem..other areas, could feel like using icy-hot you-know-where! I got straight peppermint under my nose once when sniffing it from the bottle and my skin turned all red and burned for an hour. If you want use Dr. Bronners for your pets, they make an unscented baby one, that doesnt have essential oils that could potentially be irritating. They all effect different peoples, and animal skin different ways.
Not sure if this is the problem with the cat, but I just thought I'd recommend not using that soap again, in case its making the cat uncomfortable or in pain...its a safer bet to use the unscented one.