Paws, a native of Detroit, made his debut as the official Tigers mascot on May 5, 1995. He first started entertaining Tiger fans at Tiger Stadium, and now continues that trend at Detroit's Comerica Park, which is his current place of residence. Besides cheering along with Detroit fans at Tigers home games and collecting baseball cards in his spare time, Paws's favorite activities include visiting schools, malls, and other special events around the greater Detroit area. His favorite vacation spot is Lakeland, Florida, which is the spring training home of the Tigers. He wears a Tigers hat and jersey; in previous years, Paws' jersey would have the current season's 2 digit abbreviation (e.g. '10 for 2010). However, in 2011 and 2016, Paws' number changed to 00, since the Tigers retired #11 and #16 in honor of Sparky Anderson and Hal Newhouser, respectively. His dress changes during Comerica Park theme nights such as a Santa Claus outfit during "Christmas in July" night, or an Elvis Presley-inspired costume for Elvis Night.