Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information
6 Months Ended
Mar. 30, 2013
Apr. 30, 2013
Common Stock
Apr. 30, 2013
Class A Common Stock
Apr. 30, 2013
Class B Stock
Entity Registrant Name CENTRAL GARDEN & PET CO      
Entity Central Index Key 0000887733      
Document Type 10-Q      
Document Period End Date Mar. 30, 2013      
Amendment Flag false      
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2013      
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2      
Current Fiscal Year End Date --09-28      
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer      
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   12,246,751 35,279,202 1,652,262