This product looks like wood pellets for a wood stove - tubes of product about 1/8 inch x 3/4 inch. If you are using it for a cat, it is a very small bag, fills the litter box once, so is very expensive. I didn't notice a smell of pine. Once the pellets are wet they swell up and look kindof like bran cereal (not the flakes). It is hard to scoop. My cats don't seem to like the feel of it and don't use that litter box much. Once wet, it is very heavy. I've gone back to wood shavings which my cats prefer, and is much lighter.