The words pause, paws sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do pause, paws sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: pause, paws are homophones of the English language.
To cease or suspend an action temporarily.
To linger; tarry: paused for a while under the huge oak tree.
To hesitate: He paused before replying.
To cease or suspend the action of temporarily; stop for an interim: "Once a movie [ordered on demand] begins, it can be paused but not rewound or fast-forwarded” ( George Judson).
Plural form of paw.
Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License and Wordnik.
Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.