Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Jun. 23, 2012
Jul. 15, 2012
Common Stock [Member]
Jul. 15, 2012
Class A Common Stock [Member]
Jul. 15, 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 Jun. 23, 2012      
Amendment Flag false      
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012      
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3      
Current Fiscal Year End Date --09-29      
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer      
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   12,247,571 34,508,826 1,652,262