Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information
3 Months Ended
Dec. 29, 2012
Jan. 31, 2013
Common Stock [Member]
Jan. 31, 2013
Class A Common Stock [Member]
Jan. 31, 2013
Class B Stock [Member]
Entity Registrant Name CENTRAL GARDEN & PET CO      
Entity Central Index Key 0000887733      
Document Type 10-Q      
Document Period End Date Dec. 29, 2012      
Amendment Flag false      
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2013      
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1      
Current Fiscal Year End Date --09-28      
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer      
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   12,247,359 35,053,731 1,652,262