Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information
3 Months Ended
Dec. 28, 2013
Jan. 31, 2014
Common Stock [Member]
Jan. 31, 2014
Class A Common Stock [Member]
Jan. 31, 2014
Class B Common Stock [Member]
Document Information [Line Items]        
Document Type 10-Q      
Amendment Flag false      
Document Period End Date Dec. 28, 2013      
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2014      
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1      
Trading Symbol CENT      
Entity Registrant Name CENTRAL GARDEN & PET CO      
Entity Central Index Key 0000887733      
Current Fiscal Year End Date --09-27      
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer      
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   12,246,751 35,481,461 1,652,262