The interesting spots and stripes that are displayed on the coats of an ocelot makes them popular in captivity because they are revered as beautiful and intriguing to look at. Ocelots are wild and potentially dangerous animals by nature and, therefore, do not adjust well to being in a captive environment. Such exotic animals do not make good companions because they require special care, housing, diet, and maintenance that the average person cannot provide. Ocelot's eyes have a special layer that collects light that makes them much better at seeing when it is dark or at night. Their sense of smell is stronger than a human, but not as strong as a dog's, but their long whiskers also help them feel their way around. Ocelots are predators, but because of their small size, they are often harassed by their potential prey such as monkeys or birds. Large exotic cats such as mountain lions sometimes share the same territory as ocelots, but they hunt different prey. However, that does not mean that the ocelot does not fall prey to these larger cats or other animals such as boa constrictors, anacondas, and harpy eagles. Salvador Dali and Gram Parsons are two of the most famous people to have owned ocelots as pets throughout history.