Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document And Entity Information

Document And Entity Information
6 Months Ended
Mar. 24, 2012
Apr. 30, 2012
Common Stock [Member]
Apr. 30, 2012
Class A Common Stock [Member]
Apr. 30, 2012
Class B Stock [Member]
Entity Registrant Name CENTRAL GARDEN & PET CO      
Entity Central Index Key 0000887733      
Document Type 10-Q      
Document Period End Date Mar. 24, 2012      
Amendment Flag false      
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012      
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2      
Current Fiscal Year End Date --09-29      
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer      
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   12,251,971 34,519,052 1,652,262