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You drag me around but I feel no pain

I am an animal without a tail but the real me has a tail

My left and right eyes are abused

But I really don't care; I'm not really alive!

I'm useful and better than that old pad

For that old pad can really get people mad

I only respond when you give me a material I like

For I hate hard materials

Those are things I don't like!

I come in different ways

I can have a blue tooth

But don't worry, that's no cavity!

It's a healthy tooth; it can help people in many ways!

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You are

a mouse (in the computer sense, not the animal).

You drag me around but I feel no pain

You move the mouse around on your desk, but it doesn't feel pain because it's not alive.

I am an animal without a tail but the real me has a tail

A computer mouse doesn't have a tail (at least not literally - it might have a wire), but real living mice do.

My left and right eyes are abused

By much pressing and clicking on them.

But I really don't care; I'm not really alive!

Yep.

I'm useful and better than that old pad
For that old pad can really get people mad

I hate laptop touchpads!

I only respond when you give me a material I like
For I hate hard materials
Those are things I don't like!

A mouse works best on a soft mat, rather than a hard surface.

I come in different ways

Different kinds of mouse (wireless, optical, ball).

I can have a blue tooth
But don't worry, that's no cavity!
It's a healthy tooth; it can help people in many ways!

A Bluetooth mouse can be useful.


Feedback section

The riddle would have been more challenging without the "blue tooth" lines, since this is too explicit a link to Bluetooth and the world of computers; once we're looking for something computer-related which has the same name as an animal, the field of possibilities is really very small. The "blue tooth" clue was what I immediately zeroed in on, since it was a strange-looking clue with probably few possible interpretations. At first I was trying to think of something blue and sharp, assuming "tooth" was a metaphor, but then I quickly realised what it really meant.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hmph! I thought this would be hard! Correct! :D $\endgroup$ – Ab_ Sep 4 '16 at 10:51
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, 5 minutes quicker than me. I would leave my answer, though, as the explanations I gave are a tad different. :) $\endgroup$ – Maria Deleva Sep 4 '16 at 10:56
  • $\begingroup$ I hate the old mouses. I much prefer my laptop touchpad. $\endgroup$ – user58 Sep 4 '16 at 10:56
  • $\begingroup$ @AbAppletic Added feedback section to show why it wasn't really that hard. Also, why "animal without a tail"? Real mice do have tails! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 4 '16 at 10:58
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor I was talking about the computer mouse $\endgroup$ – Ab_ Sep 4 '16 at 10:59
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Are you:

Wireless mouse

You drag me around but I feel no pain

The mouse is mechanical and does not really feel pain.

I am an animal without a tail but the real me has a tail

A wireless mouse does not have a cable and thus no tail. The real mouse has a tail.

My left and right eyes are abused

The left and right buttons of the mouse are constantly pressed.

But I really don't care; I'm not really alive!

It is mechanical.

I'm useful and better than that old pad

It is much more comfortable to use a mouse than the laptop's touch pad.

For that old pad can really get people mad

The touch pad is not really convenient and can be touched/pressed accidentally, resulting in undesired effects.

I only respond when you give me a material I like

When you put the mouse on some materials, it doesn't respond well - for example, if I put it directly on the bed.

For I hate hard materials

Sometimes hard materials can also make the mouse not responsive enough.

Those are things I don't like!

I come in different ways

There are many different designs.

I can have a blue tooth

The mouse can be a bluetooth mouse or a USB mouse.

But don't worry, that's no cavity!

The bluetooth is not a cavity, it is a connection type.

It's a healthy tooth; it can help people in many ways!

Bluetooth can be really useful.

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct, but not necessarily a Wireless mouse... I don't know which answer to choose, yours or @rand's $\endgroup$ – Ab_ Sep 4 '16 at 10:56
  • $\begingroup$ You have a nice angle of looking into it, but by "No tail" I meant it doesn't have a tail. LITERALLY :P $\endgroup$ – Ab_ Sep 4 '16 at 10:58
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    $\begingroup$ Too slow, but +1 anyway :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 4 '16 at 10:59

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